The Resource Christmas bells : a novel, Jennifer Chiaverini

Christmas bells : a novel, Jennifer Chiaverini

Label
Christmas bells : a novel
Title
Christmas bells
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Jennifer Chiaverini
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Language
eng
Summary
"New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini celebrates Christmas, past and present, with a wondrous novel inspired by the classic poem "Christmas Bells," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I heard the bells on Christmas Day/ Their old familiar carols play/ And wild and sweet/ The words repeat/Of peace on earth, good-will to men! In 1860, the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow family celebrated Christmas at Craigie House, their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The publication of Longfellow's classic Revolutionary War poem, "Paul Revere's Ride," was less than a month hence, and the country's grave political unrest weighed heavily on his mind. Yet with his beloved wife, Fanny, and their five adored children at his side, the delights of the season prevailed. In present-day Boston, a dedicated teacher in the Watertown public school system is stunned by somber holiday tidings. Sophia's music program has been sacrificed to budget cuts, and she worries not only about her impending unemployment but also about the consequences to her underprivileged students. At the church where she volunteers as music director, Sophia tries to forget her cares as she leads the children's choir in rehearsal for a Christmas Eve concert. Inspired to honor a local artist, Sophia has chosen a carol set to a poem by Longfellow, moved by the glorious words he penned one Christmas Day long ago, even as he suffered great loss. Christmas Bells chronicles the events of 1863, when the peace and contentment of Longfellow's family circle was suddenly, tragically broken, cutting even deeper than the privations of wartime. Through the pain of profound loss and hardship, Longfellow's patriotism never failed, nor did the power of his language. "Christmas Bells," the poem he wrote that holiday, lives on, spoken as verse and sung as a hymn. Jennifer Chiaverini's resonant and heartfelt novel for the season reminds us why we must continue to hear glad tidings, even as we are tested by strife. Reading Christmas Bells evokes the resplendent joy of a chorus of voices raised in reverent song"--
Summary
"A holiday tale inspired by Longfellow's classic poem follows the experiences of a dedicated Boston teacher who, in the face of a somber season, finds inspiration and renewal at the church where she volunteers. By theNew York Times best-selling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker."--Publisher's description
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10448594
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Chiaverini, Jennifer
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1807-1882
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Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
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True
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  • Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
  • Women teachers
  • FICTION / Historical
  • FICTION / Literary
Target audience
adult
Label
Christmas bells : a novel, Jennifer Chiaverini
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-316)
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn905089059
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
317 pages
Isbn
9780525955245
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015009505
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)905089059
Label
Christmas bells : a novel, Jennifer Chiaverini
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-316)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn905089059
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
317 pages
Isbn
9780525955245
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015009505
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)905089059

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