A Kentucky Christmas
edited by George Ella Lyon
From the first edition hardback (University Press of Kentucky):
A Kentucky Christmas is many thingsa homecoming and a housewarming, a time to remember the old ways and a time to build new traditions, a feast-laden table and a fragrant tangerine stuffed deep in a worn stocking. It is also a season for storytelling, when family and friends gather at the homeplace to share warm memories, laughter, and dreams for the new year.
A Kentucky Christmas is a gathering of the states best holiday literatureshort fiction, poems, songs, and essays by [more than] 60 contributors, from established literary greats such as James Still and Elizabeth Madox Roberts to exciting new voices such as Linda Scott DeRosier and Silas House. Like the best gifts, the offerings here are both satisfying and surprising. They evoke vivid imagery of the state and the seasonsnow-dusted hilltops, cedar trees waiting to be cut for decoration, sweet spiral-cut hams and the feel of bread dough, the scurrying of children in a crowded living room.
Along with the inspirational, several of the stories explore the complexities of the holiday seasonthe clash of tradition and change, feelings of loneliness and loss, and the bittersweet realization that you cant always go home again. In the hands of Kentuckys finest writers, these themes are freshly poignant and provocative.
For anyone who knows Kentuckyor the states fine canon of literatureA Kentucky Christmas promises to be a wonderful holiday gift and a treasured family keepsake.