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Christmas in July by Alan Michael Parker

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Christmas in July by Alan Michael Parker

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Christmas in July by Alan Michael Parker


Publication Date: January 9 2018
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN: 978-1-945814-46-4
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In light of her impending death, thirteen-year-old Beatrice Danzig has changed her name to Christmas. She’s at the center of Christmas in July, a novel in ten stories told by ten residents of suburban Saxon Hills: the bored wife of a senior softball slugger, a socialite with a glitter fixation, a beekeeping hermit, a young runaway who can’t outrun her past. The novel explores each of these people’s lives before and after meeting Christmas—as well as Mr. Ramirez’s mustache, The Wizard of Oz, cults and terrorists, Brown v. Board of Education, a band named Wagawagawaga, and the mystery of Aunt Nikki, Christmas’ guardian, who sleeps in a closet to keep her demons, real and imagined, at bay.

Through ten strong, distinct voices, North Carolina Book Award–winning author Alan Michael Parker charts the wreckage of a troubled teen in a small town, exposing the residents’ secrets and their all-too-human hearts.


“Smart and funny and oddly touching and ravishingly beautiful, The Committee on Town Happiness is typical of Parker in effect but sui generis in form. Some will think of this as a collection of cutting-edge stories. Some will see it as a kind of pointillist novel. Whatever. It’s a work of narrative genius.”
—Robert Olen Butler, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

“Parker’s inventive and deeply felt novel touches on both the absurdity and sublimity of small town life. These ninety-nine linked stories skip from funny to sad and back again with brilliant economy and deadpan wit.”
Jenny Offill, Dept. of Speculation


ALAN MICHAEL PARKER is the author of twelve books, including The Committee on Town Happiness (Dzanc, 2014). The Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College and faculty in the University of Tampa MFA Program, he has received two selections for Best American Poetry, three Pushcart Prizes, the Fineline Prize, the 2013 and the 2014 Randall Jarrell Award, and the Lucille Medwick Award. He has been called “a general beacon of brilliance” by Time Out, New York.