It's Christmas Eve and I'm reading Wishin' and Hopin' by Wally Lamb on my iPad's Kindle app. Told through the eyes of 5th grader Felix Funicello, distant cousin of Annette, this is a nostalgic and humorous tale set in the mid-1960s in a more innocent, gentler Nutmeg State.
The trials and tribulations of Felix and his family--from his mother's disastrous experience at the Pillsbury Bake-Off finals; to his sisters' adolescent outbursts; to his own experiences at St. Aloysius Gonzaga parochial school, where he is cast as the little drummer boy in the school Christmas play--provide lighthearted entertainment filled with holiday spirit. Grab an eggnog and some cookies and get to know the Funicello family and the other amusing characters Wally Lamb has created.
Merry Christmas, all.
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