Christmas in Austin

Faber & Faber. Nov. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9780571354252. $25.95. F
Liesel and Bill Essinger are looking forward to welcoming their four grown children, along with their significant others and their children, home for Christmas. But everyday life doesn’t stop because there’s a holiday coming, and there are challenges facing each of the couples, including a serious illness. Will there be peace on Earth for any family member this year?
VERDICT Markovits’s second title featuring the Essinger family will find an audience with readers looking for a holiday story that’s light on the Christmas merrymaking and more focused on the complex dynamics at work in relationships among adult siblings, their spouses and children, and their aging parents.
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