Wishin' and Hopin' (Paperback)

A Novel

By Wally Lamb

Harper Perennial, 9780061941016, 288pp.

Publication Date: November 2, 2010

List Price: 15.99*
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Description

Wally Lamb, the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed, I Know This Much Is True, and She’s Come Undone, delivers a holiday treat with Wishin’ and Hopin’—an unforgettable novella that captures the warmth and joy of the holiday season. Poignant and hilarious, in a vein similar to Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story and David Sedaris’s The Santaland Diaries, Lamb’s Christmas tale focuses on a feisty parochial school fifth grader named Felix Funicello—a distant cousin of the iconic Annette!


About the Author

Wally Lamb is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels: She’s Come Undone, I Know This Much Is True, The Hour I First Believed, Wishin’ and Hopin’, and We Are Water. His first two works of fiction, She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, were both #1 New York Times bestsellers and
selections of Oprah’s Book Club. Lamb edited Couldn’t Keep It to Myself and I’ll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for seventeen years.



Praise For Wishin' and Hopin': A Novel

“In the hands of Wally Lamb, what emerges isn’t an apology but a celebration of life...Felix makes a hilarious guide through a story that whirs right along.”
— Washington Post

“Lamb’s rich panoply of details...render this novel first-rate escapism just begging for a comforter and a cup of tea.”
— Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Warmly, sweetly retro”
— Kansas City Star

“Lamb gets Felix’s voice just right, and he does a spot-on job of evoking the special joys and trials of parochial school in the ‘60’s”
— St. Petersburg Times

“Lamb’s vividly detailed portrait of the 1960’s and the inner workings of a Catholic schoolboy’s mind puts his first Christmas book on par with his previous three novels.”
— Miami Herald

“Lamb...proves he can be short, sweet and funny”
— USA Today

“Wishin’ and Hopin’ from Wally Lamb reminds us of what innocence was like.”
— Body and Soul

“Both heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny…a cast of characters that are both uproarious and unforgettable…a poignant reminder that family and friends are the greatest gift of all.”
— Hartford Books Examiner

We might as well call Wally Lamb the man with the golden pen...[Wishin’ and Hopin’] will leave you laughing and thinking nostalgically about your own school days and holidays past”
— BookPage

“Lamb is a very good writer, and Wishin’ and Hopin’ is a charming read with a genuinely funny ending.”
— Houston Chronicle

“Humorous and heartwarming…clever and well-written…A fun trip down memory lane from a skilled writer. The stocking stuffer might just become a cherished possession.”
— Columbus Dispatch

“Charming…. Full of pop-culture references of the day…this will have broad appeal.”
— Library Journal