A Christmas Blizzard

From Garrison Keillor:

A Christmas Blizzard is the story of James Sparrow who dreads the holiday and the poignant memories it dredges up and who longs to spend December in Hawaii. But his wife adores Christmas and cannot bear to miss it. A phone call from cousin Liz in James’s hometown of Looseleaf, N.D. — his uncle Earl is dying — brings James out of the doldrums and he flies to Looseleaf just in time to be snowed in by a major blizzard. There is a ghost, a wise man of San Francisco, a genial uncle, an undercover FBI agent, a steamy sauna scene, and the singing of Christmas carols. And several feet of snow.


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Garrison explains why he gave some of the characters the surname Sparrow in Birds of a Feather

A Christmas Blizzard reviews

Keillor offers up a mystical homecoming
(Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Keillor unwraps new holiday book, ‘A Christmas Blizzard’
(St. Paul Pioneer Press)

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“…a Christmas tale that makes Dickens seem unimaginative by comparison.”
(John Grooms, charlotte.creativeloafing.com)

‘A Christmas Blizzard’ and more
(The Miami Herald)

‘Blizzard’ is classic quirky Garrison Keillor
(Deseret News)

“A perfect fireside, feel-good read no matter where you live.”
(Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Review: A Christmas Blizzard
(Carole Turner, bookreporter.com)

“Keillor’s wry humor crackles throughout.”
(Dayton Daily News)

“Keillor, ever the consummate performer, knows how to squeeze every chuckle from his prose.”
(The Boston Globe)

All I want for Christmas is nice holiday reading
(The Indianapolis Star)

Keillor evokes Dickens in ‘A Christmas Blizzard’
(The Buffalo News)

“…perfect for curling up by the fireplace.”
(The Columbus Dispatch)

Purchase A Christmas Blizzard

192 pages


Pub. Date: November 3, 2009

Signed copies available.

Audio Version

5 hours on 5 CDs, unabridged & read by Garrison Keillor with music by Richard Dworsky.

Garrison Keillor interview about A Christmas Blizzard

As heard on Midday on Minnesota Public Radio

Garrison Keillor reads from his new book, A Christmas Blizzard;

from the Cambridge Forum