The Christmas Letters

The Christmas Letters

by Lee Smith
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The Christmas Letters by Lee Smith

In The Christmas Letters, three generations of women reveal their stories of love and marriage in the letters they write to family and friends during the holidays. It's a down-home Christmas story about tradition, family, and the shared experiences of women.

Here, in a letter of her own, Lee Smith explains how she was inspired to write this celebrated epistolary novel:

Dear Friends,

Like me, you probably get Christmas letters every year. I read every word and save every letter. Because every Christmas letter is the story of a life, and what story can be more interesting than the story of our lives? Often, it is the story of an entire family. But you also have to read between the lines with Christmas letters. Sometimes, what is not said is even more important than what is on the page.

In The Christmas Letters, I have used this familiar format to illumine the lives, hopes, dreams, and disappointments of three generations of American women. Much of the story of The Christmas Letters is also told through shared recipes. As Mary, my favorite character, says, "I feel as if I have written out my life story in recipes! The Cool Whip and mushroom soup years, the hibachi and fondue period, then the quiche and crepes phase, and now it's these salsa years."

I wrote this little book for the same reason I write to my friends and relatives every holiday--Christmas letters give us a chance to remember and celebrate who we are.

With warmest greetings, Lee Smith

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565128583
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 08/19/2002
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 1,088,831
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Born in the small coal-mining town of Grundy, Virginia, Lee Smith began writing stories at the age of nine and selling them for a nickel apiece. Since then, she has written seventeen works of fiction, including Fair and Tender Ladies, Oral History, and, most recently, Guests on Earth. She has received many awards, including the North Carolina Award for Literature and an Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; her novel The Last Girls was a New York Times bestseller as well as winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with her husband, the writer Hal Crowther. Visit her at www.leesmith.com.

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The Christmas Letters 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Is it 'outstanding'? - probably not. I do think it was well worth my reading time, and I am a very selective reader. It's a family story written by way of Christmas letters to family members and friends. It's definately a book you can spend a nice winter afternoon enjoying. Very easy reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Smith is a gifted storyteller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice quick read....not the best but it was ok
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