Mary Christmas

Short Stories Spanning Two Centuries

by Diane Gustafson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/2/2002

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 204
ISBN : 9781403314673

About the Book

Each of these nineteen stories takes place at Christmastime, the first in 1808 and the last in 1996, and features a main character whose first name is a variant of Mary. Several are children, including an Irish orphan, a girl who camps out in the family’s fallout shelter, a girl who denies she needs glasses, and a seven-year old facing a traumatic tonsillectomy. Among the adults are a slave owner, an abused wife, a Sioux maiden, a Russian mail-order bride, a "slob who was robbed", and a mother whose grown son no longer needs her.

Some stories will evoke laughter, others tears. All will show the resilience of the human spirit.

About the Author

Diane Gustafson is a college librarian whose hobbies are travel, reading, and writing historical fiction. She has climbed Ayers Rock in Australia, walked the streets of Pompeii, watched for the Loch Ness Monster, and honeymooned in a convent in Rome. Many of her short stories are based on her family and her own experiences. Her childhood home, built in 1830, is described in the Civil War story. She and her husband live in a San Diego suburb.