Five Christmas Gifts - A Holiday Short Story Collection

Five Christmas Gifts - A Holiday Short Story Collection

by Margaret Maron

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Five Christmas Gifts - A Holiday Short Story Collection by Margaret Maron

Margaret Maron says, "For me, Christmas has always been a time of family joy and I can get downright sentimental about the holiday. This Christmas collection combines a non-fiction anecdote with fictional stories, including a look at Deborah Knott before she became a judge."

Although previously published separately, these five Christmas short stories by Margaret Maron are being made available in one collection for the first time.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015796568
Publisher: Maron & Company
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 180,437
File size: 56 KB

About the Author

Born and bred in North Carolina where the piedmont meets the sandhills, I grew up on a modest two-mule tobacco farm that has been in the family for over a hundred years. Tobacco is no longer grown on the farm, but the memories linger — the singing, the laughter, the gossip that went on at the bench as those rank green leaves came from the field, the bliss of an icy cold drink bottle pressed to a hot sweaty face, getting up at dawn to help “take out” a barn, the sweet smell of soft golden leaves as they’re being readied for auction. Working in tobacco is one of those life experiences I’m glad to have had. I’m even gladder that it’s something I’ll never have to do again.

After high school came two years of college until a summer job at the Pentagon led to marriage, a tour of duty in Italy, then several years in my husband’s native Brooklyn. I had always loved writing and for the first few years, wrote nothing but short stories and very bad poetry. (The legendary Ruth Cavin of St. Martin’s Press once characterized my verses as “doggerel. But inspired doggerel.”)

Eventually, I backed into writing novels about NYPD Lt. Sigrid Harald, mysteries set against the New York City art world. But love of my native state and a desire to write out of current experiences led to the creation of District Court Judge Deborah Knott, the opinionated daughter of a crusty old ex-bootlegger and youngest sibling of eleven older brothers. (I was one of only three, so no, I’m not writing about my own family.)

We’ve been back on a corner of the family land for many years now. My city-born husband discovered he prefers goldfinches, rabbits, and the occasional quiet deer to yellow cabs, concrete, and a city that never sleeps. A son, a daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters are icing on our cake.

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Storytellermary More than 1 year ago
MARON, MARGARET FIVE CHRISTMAS GIFTS by MARGARET MARON This collection is a lovely Christmas treat, a present I opened on the tenth day of Christmas (1/3) in a doctor's waiting room, and found myself wishing for a longer wait. Now at home, warm and safe, and thinking about Christmas traditions, the family "heirloom" ornaments, a bit shabby but loved all the more for that. Love, life, acceptance of differences, hospitality to wanderers, themes for this season, but really for all year.