Star Bright!: A Christmas Story

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It's beginning to look a lot like an American Christmas: irritable, unpleasant relatives; horrible weather, miserable travel; a slobbering dog - and one Jack Flanigan, "a harmless American of Irish origins," who is reluctantly but totally falling in love - with one Odessa Tatiana Alekseevna Shuskulya, a young woman from Russia who's studying at Harvard. (Jack, of course, is attending Boston College, the Jesuits' hangout in Chestnut Hill.). He makes a big mistake: he invites her home to Chicago for the holiday, ...
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Overview

It's beginning to look a lot like an American Christmas: irritable, unpleasant relatives; horrible weather, miserable travel; a slobbering dog - and one Jack Flanigan, "a harmless American of Irish origins," who is reluctantly but totally falling in love - with one Odessa Tatiana Alekseevna Shuskulya, a young woman from Russia who's studying at Harvard. (Jack, of course, is attending Boston College, the Jesuits' hangout in Chestnut Hill.). He makes a big mistake: he invites her home to Chicago for the holiday, though it isn't even Christmas in the Russian Orthodox calendar, and gorgeous Odessa is never alone except when she wants to be. So? So she accepts! And what happens when she gets to Chicago, caught in the American maelstrom of commercialized Yuletide? Ah, now, that would be telling, wouldn't it? Enough to say, there's a tree, and a feast, and midnight Mass, and a gaggle of contentious Flanigans of all ages - who have the merriest Christmas ever - and nothing will ever again be quite the same for any of them. Especially lucky Jack Flanigan.
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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
"All charm and wit."
Publishers Weekly
"Not your average Christmas tale. . . . Fans may gobble down his latest confection like so much Christ rom-baba."
From the Publisher

"Father Greeley has given great attention to the role of imagination in the life of faith. What he is doing is re-evangelizing the imagination, using fiction to address the faith and the mysteries of the faith. That's an extraordinarily significant project."-Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago

"Nobody has ever left the church because of an Andrew Greeley novel, but many have been attracted back to it by him."-Rev. Ron Rolheiser, O.M.I.

"This modern-day parable relates a charming story with a message to which we can all relate. . . . Pure Greeley, Star Bright! is yet another example of this distinguished author's skill at imparting truths in the guise of enjoyable entertainment."-The Chattanooge Free Press

"All charm and wit."-Kirkus Reviews on Star Bright!

"The perfect holiday read . . . Greeley capitalizes on his experience writing suspense to keep us guessing until the final pages. His descriptions of both scene and character are vivid and full of evocative detail."-The Calgary Herald on Star Bright!

"Not your average Christmas tale . . . As usual, Greeley is a kindly matchmaker and a forgiving Catholic: fans may gobble down his latest confection like so much Christ rom-baba."-Publishers Weekly on Star Bright!

The Calgary Herald

"The perfect holiday read."
Booklist

"A magical Christmas tale."
The Chattanooga Free Press

"Yet another example of this distinguished author's skill at imparting truths in the guise of enjoyable entertainment."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765305626
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/2/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 791,018
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Priest, sociologist, author and journalist, Father Andrew M. Greeley built an international assemblage of devout fans over a career spanning five decades. His books include the Bishop Blackie Ryan novels, including The Archbishop in Andalusia, the Nuala Anne McGrail novels, including Irish Tweed, and The Cardinal Virtues. He was the author of over 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction, and his writing has been translated into 12 languages.

Father Greeley was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. In addition to scholarly studies and popular fiction, for many years he penned a weekly column appearing in the Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers. He was also a frequent contributor to The New York Times, the National Catholic Reporter, America and Commonweal, and was interviewed regularly on national radio and television. He authored hundreds of articles on sociological topics, ranging from school desegregation to elder sex to politics and the environment.

Throughout his priesthood, Father Greeley unflinchingly urged his beloved Church to become more responsive to evolving concerns of Catholics everywhere. His clear writing style, consistent themes and celebrity stature made him a leading spokesperson for generations of Catholics. He chronicled his service to the Church in two autobiographies, Confessions of a Parish Priest and Furthermore!

In 1986, Father Greeley established a $1 million Catholic Inner-City School Fund, providing scholarships and financial support to schools in the Chicago Archdiocese with a minority student body of more than 50 percent. In 1984, he contributed a $1 million endowment to establish a chair in Roman Catholic Studies at the University of Chicago. He also funded an annual lecture series, “The Church in Society,” at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, from which he received his S.T.L. in 1954.

Father Greeley received many honors and awards, including honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland at Galway, the University of Arizona and Bard College. A Chicago native, he earned his M.A. in 1961 and his Ph.D. in 1962 from the University of Chicago.

Father Greeley was a penetrating student of popular culture, deeply engaged with the world around him, and a lifelong Chicago sports fan, cheering for the Bulls, Bears and the Cubs. Born in 1928, he died in May 2013 at the age of 85.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2003

    What we all want for Christmas....

    This is a great little book that I wanted to share!! But I didn't want to share my copy since I know that I will want to read it again. What a pleasure to read and to realize the final message.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Good read for everyone, especially during the holidays.

    I really enjoyed this story. Our dog chewed up my hard cover book (he enjoyed it, too!) so I purchased it for my Nook. Now I'll have it safe to read every Christmas. I like to start the holiday season with this story. A good message without being cheesy or mushy. Left me wanting more. I would love to read other books by this author.

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    Posted June 6, 2013

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    Yours of corse!

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    Looks at the room.

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    Summer

    Takes a seat and pulls out notes. Bio is her best.

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    Posted February 2, 2013

    NEED ADVICE?

    Go to GOT ANSWERS result both. You may ask questions or just vent about your problems. So coke on down and ASK AWAY...

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    Wolfpaw

    See you in four hours she mewed. Then stepped entirely into camp with 4 owls. She quickly groomed her russian blue pelt. With the flick of her tail, she jumped into a river and went someplace out of the Clan's boundaries.

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    Lionpaw

    She cried and put her muzzle in her paws.

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    Quicksliver

    ??? im purring to myself. I dont like anyone here. Well. I like mysticstar. Thats it

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    Bearstar

    I pad in.

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    Blacktail

    He was disrespectful . Mystic because of the unpeacefulness

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