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Country singer Kenny Rogers and author Donald Davenport team up for an inspiring novel about friendship, tolerance, and talent in the downhome Texan town of Canaan.
When DJ and Rodney meet each other in the early 1960s, it's not friendship at first sight -- DJ doesn't want to hang around with one of the "poor coloreds," and Rodney acts like a big know-it-all. After a fight between the two boys, however, DJ's dad and Rodney's grandmother agree the best solution is for the boys to live in each other's homes for a while. Soon the two have bonded over a puppy, and after a tragedy strikes Rodney's home life, he goes to live with DJ's family permanently. Many years and dramatic events pass -- including a Christmas at which only pictures are given, a church meeting attack, and a play produced by Rodney himself -- before the family has a reunion. It's here that they all realize that despite people's differences, it's the memories you make that determine your happiness and peace in life. Rogers and Davenport deliver a heartwarming novel that gets to the root of what the holidays and family are about. The book contains many scenes that will stick with readers, and they'll appreciate the subtle complexity the authors have given to the characters' relationships, particularly Wylie and Earl. This is one gentle Christmas book that's filled with heart and soul. Matt Warner