Skipping Christmas - Large Print Author:John Grisham Luther and Nora Krank wave their daughter Blair off to Peru to work for the Peace Corps, and they suddenly realize that "for the first time in her young and sheltered life Blair would spend Christmas away from home. — Luther Krank sees his daughter's Christmas absence as an opportunity. He estimates that "a year earlier, the Luther ... more »Krank family had spent $6,100 on Christmas," and have "precious little to show for it." So he makes an executive decision, telling his wife, friends, and neighbors that "we won't do Christmas." Instead, Luther books a 10-day Caribbean cruise. But things start to turn nasty when horrified neighbors get wind of the Krank's subversive scheme and besiege the couple with questions about their decision.
Grisham builds up a funny but increasingly terrifying picture of how this tight-knit community turns on the Kranks, who find themselves under increasing pressure to conform. As the tension mounts, readers may wonder whether they will manage to board their plane on Christmas day. Skipping Christmas is Grisham-lite, with none of the serious action or drama of his legal thrillers, but a funny poke at the craziness of Christmas« less
This is not a typical Grisham book, but it was very enjoyable. It's a very quick read. It's about a couple whose daughter is in college or grad school, studying abroad. So they decide to "skip" Christmas and go on a cruise to somewhere warm instead. Their neighbors are angry because the entire neighborhood decorates together and their friends are confused because thye have a big annual Christmas party. At the last minute, their daughter calls & says she is bringing home a fiancee & wants to show him a Christmas like she had growing up. They have a few hours to get everything together!