William Hazelgrove’s novel Real Santa will kick off at the Magic Tree Bookstore in Oak Park on October 5 3PM. Refreshments will be served followed by a reading and signing. The story of a man who becomes Santa Claus to keep his daughters faith in Santa alive has already received a starred review from Booklist.
*Starred Review* Real Santa.
By William Hazelgrove.
Oct. 2014. 244p. Koehler, $26.95 (9781940192963); e-book (9781940192598).
First published September 1, 2014 (Booklist).
If somebody doesn’t make a movie out of this book, there’s something wrong with the world. George Kronenfeldt is an engineer who is, again, out of a job (he’s a good engineer but not a good employee)—and this time it’s right around Christmas. Faced with a bleak financial future, George seizes on a new project to keep him occupied: to convince his nine-year-old daughter that Santa is real. That sounds nice enough, until you realize it means Bob intends to dress up in a Santa suit, rent himself some reindeer and a sleigh, build ramps to get them on his roof, hire a movie director to whomp up some special-effects footage of the reindeer and sleigh landing and taking off, and generally tear his house (not to mention his family) apart. This could have been played as an out-and-out slapstick comedy, but instead the author approaches the story like a character study: a portrait of a man with the best intentions in the world watching those intentions collide with reality. It’s a steamroller of a story, starting small, with George’s idea, and getting bigger and bigger as George tries to put the elements together, as his obsession takes him further and further away from reality. Beautifully done.
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