Author: John Grisham
Publisher: PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded shops, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on the street without a rooftop Frosty the snowman; they won't be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren't even going to have a tree. They won't need one, because come December 25 they're setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences - and isn't half as easy as they'd imagined.
John Grisham is known for his legal focused works, but not this one. I was surprised that Grisham not only writes legal themed books. Yes, this is my first John Grisham non legal themed book.
Skipping Christmas revolves in a small family named Krank. Luther and Nora have a daughter who was sent out on a mission with peace corp. and could not spend Christmas holiday with them. This was their first time celebrating Christmas without their daughter. So they decided to not celebrate Christmas at all and went cruising to Caribbean Islands.
Interesting point from the story is how Grisham describe Christmas tradition as a good example of money wasting in the name of tradition. He explained it through Luther’s description about how much money they spent on last Christmas for things they did not even use.
The book is fun to read, besides it is not as thick as other Grisham’s work. The way Luther escaping his neighbor to join them celebrating Christmas is hilarious. Nora, who did not accept Luther’s idea about ‘escaping’ Christmas before, had a hard time ignoring the temptation of organizing a Christmas party, shopping gift and decoration for Christmas, and anything Christmas related. Their neighbor’s behaviors towards them are funny too. They were so persistent on persuading the Krank to celebrate Christmas and to install their frosty on the roof.
Overall, this book is different from other Grisham’s legal thriller book (actually, it is not about legal at all) and a good book for a light reading on Christmas holiday.