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The Resource The Christmas Letters

The Christmas Letters

Label
The Christmas Letters
Title
The Christmas Letters
Statement of responsibility
Lee Smith
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Summary
Birdie, a World War II bride, writes about her experiences of moving from a farm to the business world, and her daughter and granddaughter add their letters about their experiences over the next 30 years
Tone
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006820
Cataloging source
HCO
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1944-
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Smith, Lee
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
The Christmas Letters
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:44b8c28b-afbc-47f1-bda4-30baaf1f4c1c
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781565128583
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Christmas Letters
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:44b8c28b-afbc-47f1-bda4-30baaf1f4c1c
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
http://library.link/vocab/inputERC
True
Isbn
9781565128583
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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