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"Christopher Fahy is a Wonderful Writer" - Stephen King.
THE CHRISTMAS STAR.
by Christopher Fahy.
Cover and Twelve Full Page Interiors(!) Art by Cortney Skinner.
"The Christmas Star has brought so much joy to so many of my readers. Thank you. -- Marti Reed, Personal Bookshop, Maine
"Lines from the Tao Te Ching and black-and-white drawings by artist Cortney Skinner begin each chapter in this pleasant novella by Fahy (The Fly Must Die) that not so subtly encourages a more Zen way of life." --The Library Journal, 2012 October
"THE CHRISTMAS STAR is the most inspirational book I have read in decades. Order this as a Xmas gift for the person you love."
--Philip Nutman, Author of Wet Work
Honorable Mention. --New England Book Festival.
Irish writer Robert Lynd (1879-1949) once wrote: Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive. And rich, self-absorbed New York real estate tycoon Russell Dodge is in for a big surprise. With an obvious nod to Ebenezer Scrooge and A Christmas Carol, Maine author and poet Christopher Fahy tells the warm, charming story of a man whose sudden misfortune reveals an opportunity he never knew existed... Dodge is a wealthy man who buys whatever he wants, a rapacious land developer who never considers the impact of his greed. He has just bought Sheffield Peak, a pristine mountain wilderness in northern Maine, intending to turn the area into a massive resort and amusement park. Two days before Christmas he closes the deal, but wrecks his car on a mountain road during a snowstorm. Injured, he is rescued by Lee and Doris Hansen and their granddaughter, Ruby. The Hansens are the peak s caretakers, living on land they do not own. Snowbound with the Hansens in their sturdy cabin, Dodge becomes intrigued by their happy and self-sufficient lifestyle, their gracious care and the joyful innocence of 6-year-old Ruby. The Hansens don t know that Dodge intends to destroy all that.
However, three days spent with this family teaches Dodge that his own life is empty of satisfaction and purpose, that money means little if it is not used for good work, and that he has one chance to find his own peace and happiness...
-- Bill Bushnell, The Kennebec Journal, Augusta. Maine
OVERVIEW: Developer Russell Dodge has coveted Maine’s pristine Sheffield Peak for years, so when its owner finally decides to sell, Dodge is ecstatic. Driving back to New York City after closing the deal, he daydreams about his plans for the property. But a sudden traumatic turn of events shatters his fantasies and leads him onto an entirely different path from the one he had envisioned.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
CHRISTOPHER FAHY is the author of Limerock: Maine Stories and the novel Chasing the Sun, about a cantankerous Maine poet. His stories, poems, articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications. He has won the Maine Arts Commission Fiction Competition, a grand prize in Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Competition, and has received the
Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Maine at Augusta. Overlook Connection Press has previously published his novel Fever 42 and a collection of his fantasy stories, Matinee at the Flame.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
CORTNEY SKINNER's illustrations and paintings appear in books, magazines, films, and private collections. His work covers an extensive range of subjects including science fiction, fantasy, history, children's books, landscapes, and still lifes. He has created artworks in a variety
of mediums and styles encompassing formal portraiture, representational illustration, cartoons, and sculptural work. Cortney shares life and abode in the Virginia's Shenandoah Valley with writer Elizabeth Massie.
2012 Overlook Connection Press trade paperback.