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NC Literary Hall of Fame





"A Fool for Christmas" is North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Allan Gurganus' marvelous story, told in the first person, of a socially awkward loner named Verne who manages a pet shop in a mall off an interstate, somewhere in North Carolina. A pregnant runaway teenage girl takes to hanging out at the mall, and out of sympathy for a fellow outcast, Verne befriends her. Allan has performed his heartwarming Christmas tale at the bookshop five or six times over the last ten years. Every time he changes the story a bit, and every time folks end up reaching for something to dab their eyes. Simply put, Brothers and Sisters, Allan Gurganus can flat out tell a story. And he knocks this one out of the park. Refreshments and merriment will be served.


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