The Christmas List

The Christmas List

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
The best-selling author of The Christmas Box and Grace returns with a new heartwarming novel for the holiday season, a story of hope, love, and faith.

Baker
& Taylor

A successful but heartless businessman sees his own obituary in the newspaper after a case of mistaken identity, setting in motion a series of events that profoundly changes the lives of several people who have suffered due to his ruthless business practices.

Simon and Schuster
A heartwarming and inspirational Christmas novel in the tradition of The Christmas Box, Grace, The Gift, and Finding Noel. The New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box and The Walk series returns with a holiday novel of hope, love, and redemption.

Dear Reader,

When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher, Mrs. Johnson, gave our class the intriguing (if somewhat macabre) assignment of writing our own obituaries. Oddly, I don't remember much of what I wrote about my life, but I do remember how I died: in first place on the final lap of the Daytona 500. At the time, I hadn't considered writing as an occupation, a field with a remarkably low on-the-job casualty rate.

What intrigues me most about Mrs. Johnson's assignment is the opportunity she gave us to confront our own legacy. How do we want to be remembered? That question has motivated our species since the beginning of time: from building pyramids to putting our names on skyscrapers.

As I began to write this book, I had two objectives: First, I wanted to explore what could happen if someone read their obituary before they died and saw, firsthand, what the world really thought of them. Their legacy.

Second, I wanted to write a Christmas story of true redemption. One of my family's holiday traditions is to see a local production of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. I don't know how many times I've seen it (perhaps a dozen), but it still thrills me to see the change that comes over Ebenezer Scrooge as he transforms from a dull, tight-fisted miser into a penitent, "giddy-as-aschoolboy" man with love in his heart. I always leave the show with a smile on my face and a resolve to be a better person. That's what I wanted to share with you, my dear readers, this Christmas -- a holiday tale to warm your season, your homes, and your hearts.

Merry Christmas

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439150009
1439150001
Branch Call Number: FICTION EVANS
Characteristics: 353 p.

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wyenotgo
Aug 03, 2015

This is a shameless re-telling of the Scrooge story and of course the familiar story arc has broad appeal. Set in contemporary times, it lacks the lugubrious atmosphere of Dickens' original tale. To make his point, Evans exaggerates his anti-hero's callousness to such a degree that he gives the impression of playing a role -- e.g. referring to his dying wife, in her presence as a "mistake"; this calls to mind Scrooge's rejoinder "are there no prisons?" but hardly achieves Dickens' credibility of character. So, in the end my greatest criticism of Evans' book is its lack of subtlety.

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lucyreviews
Jun 24, 2014

Outstanding!

mandmom Dec 11, 2012

This was an excellent holiday read. Evans has masterfully retold the story of Scrooge only with a modern day twist. I read this book in one day. Could not put it down.

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