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Comfort and Joy: A Novel
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If Bridget Jones had two ex-husbands, three children, and invited her entire extended family over for Christmas...

It's December 23, and Clara Dunphy is running around Oxford Street like a chicken with its head cut off trying to pick up "a few last-minute bits and bobs." Despite the frenzy, the twice-divorced mother of three loves Christmas and always wants to make it perfect—a challenge even in the best of times but particularly when "family" means an extended network of in-laws, out-laws, ex-stepfathers, and hangers-on totaling sixteen. Is the madness of Christmas really worth it?

Clara is a witty, blackly funny everywoman who will win over anyone who has ever longed to shut out the holidays with "a giant martini...and some olives."

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Street Date:
09/27/2011
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India Knight. (2011). Comfort and Joy: A Novel. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing.

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India Knight. 2011. Comfort and Joy: A Novel. Blackstone Publishing.

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India Knight, Comfort and Joy: A Novel. Blackstone Publishing, 2011.

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India Knight. Comfort and Joy: A Novel. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing, 2011.

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Clara is a witty, blackly funny everywoman who will win over anyone who has ever longed to shut out the holidays with "a giant martini...and some olives."

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