This heartwarming novel is the first illustrated holiday gift book for adults that deals with an interfaith family celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah. Claire is Jewish; her husband, Paul, is a fallen-away Catholic. Claire takes their two children to a reform Jewish temple, but they observe the Christian holidays, toopartly for Paul and partly for Paul's mother, Teresa, a devout Catholic who is Claire's dearest friend. Then, just as the holidays approach, Claire's five-year-old son gets sick. As the weeks pass and he doesn't recover, Claire is reminded of the uncertain diagnosis of her own mother's final illness. She wants to lean on Teresabut how can she, when their religious differences are so deep? Have her own religious decisions been a mistake? The moving conclusion offers encouragement to any interfaith family trying to incorporate both holiday traditions, and will touch anyone who has ever worried about the fate of a child.
Author Biography: Ellyn Bache, a Jewish writer married to a man from a large Catholic family, is the author of three previous novels, including Safe Passage, which became a feature film starring Susan Sarandon. She is also the winner of the Willa Cather Fiction Prize for her short fiction, and the author of a journal about sponsoring refugees. She and her husband, Terry, have four grown children.
|Publisher:||Banks Channel Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.16(w) x 7.36(h) x 0.67(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was an ideal choice for our reading group for the holidays. Sweet, quick and easy to read, but a book that also brought up a lot of issues (I didn't know much about interfaith families, and didn't know much about the story of Hanukkah, either -- but now I do). We found lots to talk about, and we found this just the kind of heartwarming book you want to discuss at the holiday season.
This is a truly touching story about a family whose decision to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah (she's Jewish, he's Christian) is tested when their five-year-old son becomes seriously ill during the holidays. As they work through the crisis, they learn the message of hope both faiths offer. A lovely book.