The Christmas Cookie Club

The Christmas Cookie Club

Ann Pearlman’s debut novel, The Christmas Cookie Club, has already been optioned for a major movie deal, and its premise — annual holiday coffee klatch as expository jump-off for cozy midlife chick lit — sounds like promising literary comfort food. Alas, what could have been a steaming mug of homemade cocoa feels more like a powder-packet blend insufficiently dissolved in warm water. The struggles (divorce, adultery) of the female characters bob up like so many dehydrated marshmallows in a soupy brew, and Pearlman’s knack for insights is too often negated by her tin ear for dialogue and odd chapters on baking staples — sugar, cinnamon, vanilla — that read like encyclopedia entries. Eventually, this Cookie crumbles. C+

The Christmas Cookie Club
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