Mr. Dickens and His Carol (Hardcover)
Just as Charles Dickens is enjoying literary fame and familial bliss with a sixth baby due, his publishers inform him that sales of his latest work, Martin Chuzzlewit, are declining as his debts are rising. With the holidays approaching, they suggest writing a Christmas story as the answer to his woes. Feeling exploited and abandoned by his family, friends, and public, Dickens retreats into himself and the streets and quarters of his past, all the while contemplating and observing the characters and conditions surrounding him. Brimming with nods to Dickens’ life and literature, Samantha Silva transports readers to the dark, damp streets of London as he searches for inspiration in this enchanting imagining of the story behind A Christmas Carol.— Jennifer
November 2017 Indie Next List
“Full of fantastic period detail and delightful prose, Mr. Dickens and His Carol is a wonderful companion to the enduring holiday classic A Christmas Carol. A month before Christmas, Charles Dickens is informed that his latest serial is a failure and he must produce a holiday story in one month's time or pay back his publishers for their losses. Beleaguered by his demanding relatives and expectant children, Dickens turns churlish and is unable to find any Christmas left within him to produce a fitting book. Fate intervenes when a mysterious woman crosses his path and becomes his much-needed muse, sending Dickens on a journey of inward reflection and reminding him not only of the joys of the season but how his cherished works are a gift for everyone who reads them.”
— Meaghan Beasley (M), Island Bookstore, Kitty Hawk, NC
"A charming, comic, and ultimately poignant story about the creation of the most famous Christmas tale ever written. It's as foggy and haunted and redemptive as the original; it's all heart, and I read it in a couple of ebullient, Christmassy gulps." --Anthony Doerr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of All The Light We Cannot See
Laced with humor, rich historical detail from Charles Dickens' life, and clever winks to his work, Samantha Silva's Mr. Dickens and His Carol is an irresistible new take on a cherished classic.
Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. And a serious bout of writer's block sets in.
Frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace in his great palace of thinking, the city of London itself. On one of his long night walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, who might be just the muse he needs. As Dickens' deadlines close in, Eleanor propels him on a Scrooge-like journey that tests everything he believes about generosity, friendship, ambition, and love. The story he writes will change Christmas forever.
About the Author
Samantha Silva is a writer and screenwriter based in Idaho. Mr. Dickens and His Carol is her debut novel.