Mr. Dickens and His Carol - by Samantha Silva (Hardcover)
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"About the Book ""Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses ... On one of his long night walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, who might be just the muse he needs""--Amazon.com. Book Synopsis ""A charming, comic, and ultimately poignant story about the creation of the most famous Christmas tale ever written. It's as foggy and haunted and redemptive as the original; it's all heart, and I read it in a couple of ebullient, Christmassy gulps."" --Anthony Doerr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of All The Light We Cannot See Laced with humor, rich historical detail from Charles Dickens' life, and clever winks to his work, Samantha Silva's Mr. Dickens and His Carol is an irresistible new take on a cherished classic. Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. And a serious bout of writer's block sets in. Frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace in his great palace of thinking, the city of London itself. On one of his long night walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, who might be just the muse he needs. As Dickens' deadlines close in, Eleanor propels him on a Scrooge-like journey that tests everything he believes about generosity, friendship, ambition, and love. The story he writes will change Christmas forever. Review Quotes An Indie Next Pick ""[Silva] tunes herself to Dickens's imaginative frequency...She inhabits Dickens's sensitivity to London's atmosphere, its chancellors and urchins, its cobblestones and fog."" --The New York Times Book Review ""Poignant...Impeccably delivered in a sprightly prose that wants to be read out loud...Silva, one senses, is a natural-born giver, a writer who most likely leaves a candle burning in the winter nights, inviting restless perambulators in."" --Chicago Tribune ""Mr. Dickens and His Carol is a charming, comic, and ultimately poignant story about the creation of the most famous Christmas tale ever written. It's as foggy and haunted and redemptive as the original; it's all heart, and I read it in a couple of ebullient, Christmassy gulps."" --Anthony Doerr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of All The Light We Cannot See ""Mr. Dickens and His Carol is a novel of pure charm and humor, a terrific holiday tale. Samantha Silva had me haunting those dark streets alongside her inspired Dickens."" --Jess Walter, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins ""Comical and haunting."" --oprahmag.com (Best Christmas Books of All Time) Glittering...Rich and poignant...infused with holiday spirit like the best of Dickens. --BookRiot ""Graced by the ghostly presence of Mr. Dickens himself...Promise[s] to put you in the holiday spirit."" --USA Today ""In this exceptional work uncovering the grime and glitter of 19th-century London, readers will find another framework from which to examine their hearts before Christmas."" --BookPage ""Funny, clever, and touching, with a surprise ending that is a perfect Dickensian fit...Just in time for this holiday season."" --Reader's Corner ""This clever, original debut brilliantly imagines the writing of A Christmas Carol...Wildly moving, chock full of Dickensian atmosphere and written in a style as rich as a Victorian Christmas dinner."" --The Daily Mail ""Wonderfully Dickensian...With the wit and sprightly tone of a classic storyteller, Silva presents a heartwarming tale of friendship and renewal that's imbued with the true Christmas spirit."" --Booklist ""On its way to bing a classic not unlike its subject matter."" --Bustle ""A fun and charming - not to mention unique - take on a holiday classic...Whether you're intimately familiar with A Christmas Carol or not, Mr. Dickens and His Christmas Carol is sure to please those looking to get into the holiday spirit."" --PopMatters ""Told with such eloquence and imagery that you feel like you are in Victorian England right alongside the characters...Christmas spirit leaps from the pages...This is the type of book that grips you right from the beginning to the very last page; it's the perfect book to read coming into this holiday season."" --Yakima Herald ""As welcome as a mug of hot chocolate on a December afternoon...Has all the makings of a holiday favorite...Offers the "

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