by Wally Lamb
Generally speaking, a novel written by Wally Lamb is not considered to be light reading. Until now! Wishin’ and Hopin’ is Lamb’s light and frothy contribution to holiday literature. And boy, is it a treat!
Briefly: The year is 1964, and the narrator is 10-year-old Felix Funicello. Felix, a distant cousin of Annette, is a bright and fun fifth grader at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School, and school is where much of our story takes place.
Our story begins with our narrator painting a picture of life at St. Aloysius Gonzaga, which leads to the penultimate Christmas program. Along the way, readers laugh at Felix’s naiveté, his humorous descriptions of life at a Catholic school, and his generally light interpretation of life’s events.
I don’t want to spoil any surprises. This is a fun and laugh-out-loud holiday story. It may not be representative of Lamb’s body of work, but it does showcase his ability to make readers smile and laugh.