Star Bright!: A Christmas Story

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Tom Doherty Associates, Apr 1, 2007 - Fiction - 128 pages

It's beginning to look a lot like an American Christmas: unpleasant relatives, miserable travel, a slobbering dog-and one "harmless American of Irish origins," Jack Flanigan, who is reluctantly falling in love with a young Russian woman studying at Harvard.

She's spending Christmas alone in a foreign country, so he invites the dark-eyed beauty home to Chicago for the holiday. Even though it isn't Christmas in the Russian Orthodox calendar, she accepts!

What happens when she gets to Chicago and caught in the maelstrom of commercialized Yuletide? 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 be quite the same for any of them.

Especially for Jack.

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More of a novella. The story of an Irish American who takes his new love, a Russian woman , to celebrate Christmas with his large Chicagoan family. Very sweet. No drama. Read full review

STAR BRIGHT!: A Christmas Story

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Prolific Father Greeley (Summer at the Lake, p. 401) takes a stab at It's a Wonderful Christmas and comes up . . . all charm and wit. Good Irish-Catholic Jack Flanigan, a third-year Russian major at ... Read full review

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Page 2 - They see that the face of the Child is their own face" (9). This Russian mystical vision of Christmas is a leitmotiv of Star Bright! One must find one's self in Christ to know the true joys and glory of Christmas. Tatiana is a mystic in the Russian tradition. Ablaze with the love of God, she brings faith and joy to everyone she encounters. Although both...

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Priest, sociologist, author, and journalist, Father Andrew M. Greeley (1928-2013) was the author of over 50 bestselling novels and more than 100 works of nonfiction. His novels include the Bishop Blackie Ryan series, including The Archbishop in Andalusia; the Nuala Anne McGrail series, including Irish Tweed; the O’Malley Family Saga, including A Midwinter’s Tale; and standalones such as Home for Christmas and The Cardinal Sins.

A leading spokesperson for generations of Catholics, Father Greeley unflinchingly urged his beloved Church to become more responsive to believers’ evolving concerns. He chronicled his service to the Church in two autobiographies, Confessions of a Parish Priest and Furthermore!

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