Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books
that came in their mailbox during the last week. It was created by
Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books but now has a permanent home here
This week I received a copy of A Snow Garden and Other Stories from Transworld Publishers. It's a short story collection by Rachel Joyce and looks like a great read for the winter and the lead up to Christmas.
Seven stories to span the Christmas holidays:
A Faraway Smell of Lemon:
The School Term has ended. It is almost Christmas but Binny, out
last-minute shopping couldn't feel less like wishing glad tidings to all
men. Ducking out of the rain she finds herself in the sort of shop she
would never normally visit.
The Marriage Manual:
Christmas Eve. Two parents endeavour to construct their son’s Christmas
present from a DIY kit and in the process find themselves
deconstructing their marriage.
Christmas at the Airport: A glitch in the system, travellers stranded and all sorts of lives colliding in the face of a sudden birth...
The Boxing Day Ball: Maureen has never been out with the local girls before. Who knew that a disco in the Village Hall could be life-changing?
A Snow Garden:
Two little boys, dumped with their divorced father for his share of the
Christmas holidays and none of them with a clue how to enjoy it.
I'll Be Home for Christmas The most famous boy in the world comes home hoping to escape the madness with a normal family Christmas.
As if Christmas wasn't wearing enough, now his elderly parent is asking
for a hole in the ground … Father and son break old habits and plant a
tree to mark the start of the new year.
Six stories as funny, joyous, poignant and memorable as Christmas should be.