The Christmas Glass by Marci Alborghetti

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The Christmas Glass by Marci Alborghetti (Guideposts, 2009), 304 pages

Intertwined with the story of a precious set of heirloom glass Christmas ornaments is the story of a family, full of difficult, hurting people.

I was skeptical when I saw this book was published by Guideposts, but it certainly exceeded my expectations.

Every chapter was from a new perspective. It probably wasn’t the best option plot-wise, but I quite enjoyed seeing so many different aspects from such varied (and contradictory) points of view. This aspect of the book actually delighted me.

I loved the different liturgies of this family drama! I was crying inside 100 pages. This book forced me to slow down.

From page 198 (Does this remind anyone else of War and Peace?):

“I was just thinking how much the same all families are. Not in looks or race or religion, but in how we act, how we treat each other, how we love — and how much damage we do in spite of the love.”

I loved the back story, the emigration from Italy, the description of the precious heirlooms. I loved learning how different individuals had come to be considered members of the family. And I loved the reconciliation, too. Oh, and it spoke to my love of tradition, as well.

I found this a touching, quick read. Not merely fluff, but pretty feel-good, at the same time. An excellent Christmas book. Many of the characters and relationships are familiar. But they’re not trite, not clichéed, in Alborghetti’s hand.

A sequel, Three Kings Day, is scheduled to be published by Guideposts in 2011.

This book was shortlisted for an INSPY award in general and literary fiction.

About the author
Marci Alborghetti has written more than a dozen books; this is her second novel. She and her husband live in Connecticut and the San Francisco Bay area.

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8 responses to “The Christmas Glass by Marci Alborghetti

  1. I’m not a huge Christmas book fan but this sounds really sweet.

  2. I didn’t know there was a sequel coming!

  3. That cover drew my attention and the fact that it’s put out by Guideposts sells it for me. Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

  4. I thought it was trite, stereotypical of Italians and family dynamics, and placed too much emphasis on possessions. I wouldn’t recommend it..

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