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Auggie Wren's Christmas Story (1990) [Novella]
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A timeless, utterly charming Christmas fable, beautifully illustrated and destined to become a classic

When Paul Auster was asked by The New York Times to write a Christmas story for the Op-Ed page, the result, "Auggie Wren's Christmas Story," led to Auster's collaboration on a film adaptation, Smoke. Now the story has found yet another life in this enchanting illustrated edition.

It begins with a writer's dilemma: he's been asked by The New York Times to write a story that will appear in the paper on Christmas morning. The writer agrees, but he has a problem: How to write an unsentimental Christmas story? He unburdens himself to his friend at his local cigar shop, a colorful character named Auggie Wren. "A Christmas story? Is that all?" Auggie counters. "If you buy me lunch, my friend, I'll tell you the best Christmas story you ever heard. And I guarantee every word of it is true."

First published in The New York Times, 25 Drcrmbrt 1990. And an unconventional story it is, involving a lost wallet, a blind woman, and a Christmas dinner. Everything gets turned upside down. What's stealing? What's giving? What's a lie? What's the truth? It's vintage Auster, and pure pleasure: a truly unsentimental but completely affecting tale.

Original title: Auggie Wren's Christmas Story
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Murder at Christmas and Other Stories (1991) [Anthology]
      Authors: John Mortimer , Paul Auster , Georges Simenon , Edward D. Hoch , Julian Symons , James Powell , Robert Turner , C.M. Chan , Alice Scanlan Reach , Malcolm Gray
     Merry Murder (1994) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur Conan Doyle , John D. MacDonald , John Mortimer , Paul Auster , Georges Simenon , Peter Lovesey , Rex Stout , Edward D. Hoch , Margery Allingham , Anthony Boucher , Patricia Moyes , Julian Symons , Thomas Adcock , James Powell , Herbert Resnicow , George Baxt , Joyce Porter , Martin Werner , Josephine Bell , C.M. Chan , Alice Scanlan Reach , Malcolm McClintick
     Urban Muse, the (1998) [Anthology]
      Authors: F. Scott Fitzgerald , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Henry James , Saul Bellow , Isaac Bashevis Singer , John Cheever , Dashiell Hammett , Herman Melville , Paul Auster , Zora Neale Hurston , Langston Hughes , James Baldwin , Grace Paley , Cynthia Ozick , Anzia Yezierska , Dorothy Parker , Delmore Schwartz

Edition #1: Auggie Wren's Christmas Story

Auggie Wren's Christmas Story (2004)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Illustrated by: Isol
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Auggie Wren's Christmas Story (November 2004)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
ISBN: 9780805077230
Pages: 34

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