The Christmas Letter

The Christmas Letter

by Steven H Berman


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Mary is a naïve twenty year old in 1945 when her high school sweetheart, Jack, returns to their small Indiana steel town wounded from World War II and makes her his bride. While Jack struggles to find his place in the world, Mary begins her own journey of self-discovery.

As the years and letters unfold, Mary and Jack have five children, including their first-born son, Junior who is not "right," an issue that contributes to the turmoil in their marriage and impacts their lives in unforeseen ways.

Mary's Christmas letters track her children from toddling to adulthood, while also commenting on her marriage, her friendships, and the world around her-- advances in technology, the dawn of the nuclear age, the Cuban Missile Crisis, The Cold War, Vietnam, Woodstock, and more.

Through disappointments, triumphs, dark moments of doubt and suspicion, loss of loved ones, and the lessons learned from hard experience, Mary's Christmas letters are a constant in an uncertain world. A part of the ritual of Christmas, these letters are a touchstone from which Mary takes strength and comfort.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947048089
Publisher: 50/50 Press, LLC
Publication date: 10/28/2017
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Steven H. Berman is a veteran writer-producer with more than fifteen produced credits, including a dozen Movies of the Week and five mini-series. His mini-series Roughing It brought him a Writers' Guild of America nomination for best adaptation. His movie Twice Upon a Christmas premiered at the White House. The Christmas Letter is Mr. Berman's first novel.

Mr. Berman lives in Los Angeles with his wife Marcia, the Director of Development at a private school. They have two children; Rachel whose debut novel, "Aerendgast: The Secret History of Jane Austen" was published last year and Dan, an entrepreneur.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this wonderfully satisfying book a few weeks ago and Mary, her family and their story seem to come to mind every day.. It is a treasure I look forward to reading each year from now on. Authentic, simple and very touching, I found so many things in Mary’s letters, life and family that I experienced in my own. Through Mary’s annual Christmas letters to her best friend, we hear a familiar and timeless voice struggling through the ever present threat of a return to war and the cultural upheaval our generation experienced. It affected me deeply, enriched my own memories and enhanced my appreciation of what we all went through in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Through Mary and her family, we are given the opportunity to revisit our own feelings, choices and the mistakes we made. By understanding and empathizing with her family, I found I was understanding and forgiving my own family and myself. I hope you treat yourself to “The Christmas Letter” or give it as a gift to a family member or friend. I know it will be appreciated.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Beginning Christmas 1945 and ending Christmas 1981, The Christmas Letter consists of a series of Christmas letters written by Mary to her best friend Midge, who has just moved to Los Angeles with her husband. We visit Mary's family every year and get an update on births, deaths, and marriages. Over the course of the years, her letters describe her family life, as well as the movies, music, events, and politics of the times. As her family grows and life becomes more hectic, what starts off as a simple letter sent before Christmas gradually turns into a report of the Christmas happenings written over several days before and after Christmas. Throughout it all, runs the thread of Her mom's Christmas cookies, which I think should have featured on the front cover! I love the recipe for these cookies: "You start with love, put in some wisdom and add all the faith you can muster and finish them off with a hug and kiss." I also would have loved seeing the real recipe at the end of the book. But I guess it's a family secret! It was hard to put this book down. I kept telling myself, "Just one more letter ..." When you close the book, you'll feel like you're saying good-bye to old friends. A must-read this Christmas season. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (22 November):