It’s a Fabulous Life

Dreamscape Media. Oct. 2023. 9:40 hrs. ISBN 9781666648911. $17.99. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE
Bailey George lives in a town that goes all out celebrating Christmas, and she hates it. She’s put off years of vacations to help with the annual Christmas festival, but this year, she’s ready to head to New York City for a much-deserved break. Then, the head of the Winter Wonderfest committee ends up in the hospital, and Bailey has to take her place. The only bright spot is that her teenage crush, Maria, is back in town. When disaster after disaster strikes, Bailey begins to think that the entire town of Lanford Falls would have been better off if she’d never been born. That’s when magical drag queen Clara Angel arrives, granting Bailey her wish and showing her just how wrong she is. Farmer’s (Calling the Shots) novel is a sapphic twist on the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life. Narrator Mia Hutchinson-Shaw voices Bailey, skillfully capturing her frustrations and joy while conveying the festive charm of small-town life. Narrator Pete Cross provides a vivacious performance of Clara and her drag queen companions.
VERDICT Fans of the movie will love seeing how Farmer has updated this story with fun changes to the classic and a new romance to root for.
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