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Startling joy : seven magical stories of Christmas
Schaap, James C.
Adult Fiction SCHAAP

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Starred Review. Seven stories about ordinary people experiencing subtle graces amidst the harsh realities of life comprise this outstanding collection. Ranging from a garrulous bus driver to two school lunch ladies who share a secret granddaughter to an elitist drama professor who rediscovers the meaning of the Christmas story, Schaap's characters discover small joys through faith and perseverance. Each story ends with a new beginning, but the author resists the temptation to solve all his characters' problems and give tidy, sugary endings like so many holiday tales. The author of such acclaimed CF novels as Touches the Sky, Schaap is a rare voice who deserves a place in all collections. He lives in Sioux City, Iowa. [See a Q&A with the author on p. 124.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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