Return of the Magi: A heartwarming Christmas story by P.J. Tracy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Emil Rice is a good guy. Really. The fact that he's been arrested for felony twenty two times and was just caught rooting through the nativity scene outside the church... well, that's just a few bad choices, right? He can be a good guy.
Emil certainly behaves as though he believes so: a silver-tongued spindoctor whose eloquence doesn't exactly land him up where he wants, but at least it's not jail. That's got to be better. Right? Right??
To his parole officer's surprise, Emil Rice ends up being posted to do voluntary work at a mental institution. The people seem... sort of normal. Well, maybe not. They have the quirks. None more than Gloria and Edith, who are fascinated by Emil's black skin colour - and he's not really sure they're being racist. They're just plain weird. When he discovers they've been in this institution for the majority of their lives, waiting for a third wiseman to complete their trio, Emil's life takes a turn for the decidedly surreal.
Look, it's not the most brilliant of books written, and not usually a genre I would go for (a little too
Not a literary great, but lots of feel-good factor for the Christmas period.
I was given a copy of 'Return of the Magi' from NetGalley and the publisher; all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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