Christmas Karma

By Gerald Everett Jones

General fiction, Literary fiction, Women's fiction | Paperback, eBook, Audiobook


Christmas Karma is author Gerald Everett Jones's homage to Anne Tyler, whom he regards as his literary mother. It's about the travails of a dysfunctional family around the holidays, narrated by an angel who has a wicked sense of humor. Main character Willa Nawicki is bewildered by a series of curious karmic events that literally ring her doorbell during the frantic season, awakening years-old resentments and stimulating ever-more-intense personal confrontations. These bizarre visitations include a grizzled old man claiming to be her father, who has been missing for some thirty years but now says the title to the family home is in his name – and now he wants the place back. As the angel observes, “The surest way to invoke the laughter of the universe is to make plans, particularly devious ones.”




I wrote Christmas Karma after I'd gone through a series of personal losses. I think in those situations everyone experiences a whole spectrum of emotions, from bewilderment, to anger, and even at times some relief that your dear one's suffering is over. And then I thought about how, if the soul is truly immortal - and, if so, it can't ever be hurt, harmed, or endangered - wouldn't it have a sense of humor? You don't need to have any particular brand of religious faith - or any at all - to enjoy this book. Most of all, please don't take any of it too seriously. And if you post reviews - and I hope you will - please hold back the spoilers! If the sometimes bewildering plot twists entertained you, you'll understand why it wouldn't be, ah, good karma to give the game away. And thanks for reading Christmas Karma. May it bring you some welcome tears and laughter.


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I wrote Christmas Karma after I'd gone through a series of personal losses. I think in those situations everyone experiences a whole spectrum of emotions, from bewilderment, to anger, and even at times some relief that your dear one's suffering is over. And then I thought about how, if the soul is truly immortal - and, if so, it can't ever be hurt, harmed, or endangered - wouldn't it have a sense ...


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