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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: GuidepostsBooks (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824947762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824947767
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,217,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marci Alborghetti is the author of more than ten books, including A Season in the South, Twelve Strong Women of God, and Prayer Power: How to Pray When You Think You Can t. Her devotionals have been featured in Daily Guideposts since 2000. Marci and her husband Charlie divide their time between New London, Connecticut, and Sausalito, California.

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In the seventh grade, Marci received her first literary recognition for writing a zany Halloween story. The prize? A five dollar gift certificate to a local bookstore. In those days, they had local bookstores. She hasn't looked back since, and has just had her 21st book published. Marci's most recent titles, People of the Nativity, and Being the Body of Christ, are both published by Bayard's American publisher, Twenty-Third Publications. Twenty-Third will release her next book, Prepare to Heal!, in 2014.

Marci is a long-time contributor to Guideposts Books' Daily Guideposts, and her first hard-cover book for Guideposts, How to Pray When You Think You Can't, has sold over 70,000 copies. Her popular Guideposts novel, The Christmas Glass, has been translated into Norwegian and is selling in Norway in both hard - and soft - cover. It is also available as an e-book.

Marci's other publishers include ACTA Publications, Ave Maria Press/Notre Dame, Catholic Book Publishing, Liturgical Press, Resurrection Press, and Winslow House.

She and her husband, Charlie Duffy, live in New London, Connecticut, but are willing to go anywhere as long as they can stay at a Residence Inn near a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.

She loves to hear from readers and can be reached at inklin@ntplx.net. You can follow her on Twitter ... when life as we know it comes to an end.

Customer Reviews

I found the characters in this book to be unlike able...they were petty and whining.
NP Hope
This novel touches on true life and family dynamics and is told with a sense of humor that can only be appreciated by viewing it from the outside looking in.
Gwen
I rarely purchase books, as my local public librarian can attest to, but I purchased several copies of this book to share with family and friends.
Judith Fitzsimmons

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In 1940 as Mussolini brings Italy into the European war on the side of Germany, the widow Anna runs a small orphanage that quietly has given shelter to Jewish children. Although she knows she is doing the right thing by allowing the Jews into her orphanage she has one regret. Anna fears the Fascists will destroy her family heirloom given to her by her mom, a dozen hand-blown Christmas ornaments, in retaliation for housing the Jews. Refusing to allow the kids to be kicked out, she carefully wraps the precious twelve and sends them to her married cousin Filomena, mother of twin toddlers. When the war ends, Filomena and her family leave Europe for America.

Over the decades, the glass ornaments are passed around the family so that twelve different people possess one each. In 2000 octogenarian Filomena fears her family has lost its way as nothing brings them together. As the matriarch and with a nod to Anna, Filomena demands the return of the twelve ornaments to be delivered in person by the family member possessing it. This will be a Thanksgiving to remember as a lovely reunion or the end of the tenuous ties.

This is an engaging family drama that feels relevant in today's shrinking world in which ironically extended families are moving further away from one another. The story line focuses a chapter each on the twelve possessors of the CHRISTMAS GLASS so that the readers learn what each person thinks with Filomena being the past owner. In some ways anecdotal rather than a linear plot, Marci Alborghetti provides a deep look at what denotes family just prior to the twenty-first century.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Sutton on December 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
There were some good things about this story and some that took away from it. For one, the author had a strong voice when she was showing you the relationships between characters. I enjoyed the conflict and found that to be realistic. The same goes for how she showed the decades of grudges and the matriach's desire to see her family connections restored. On the negative side there were a few too many characters whose point of view you had to be in and a lot of that was written in a telling format because there was not enough time to really show the characters developing. When the author did show the relationships and the conflict the book was compelling. When she told their invidual backgrounds it lost some of it's appeal. Also, the ending wasn't quite what I'd hoped. But overall I felt like it was a decent Christmas read. I didn't get any warm fuzzies, though. This story was uniquely done and you have to read it to see what I mean.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on December 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Christmas Glass by Marci Alborghetti is a generational tale of family dysfunction and the power of Christmas. At the beginning of World War II in Italy, Anna regretfully packs away her family's collection of glass Christmas ornaments that have been passed from generation to generation. Afraid that they will be destroyed in the war, she sends them to her cousin Filomena in the hope that the collection will never be separated. Filomena takes the set to the United States with her husband and twin daughters and over the course of 55 years distributes the ornaments to people who touch their lives. Now she's over eighty and still interfering in her family's lives, blackmailing them together again for a Christmas meal before she'll move to a nursing home. Her meddling has caused a rift between the twins so great they haven't spoken in ten years. Alborghetti has a strong voice for portraying family dysfunction and pain. Every part of this family is facing trouble and heartache, but as Filomena and the Christmas Glass pull them together, wounds are healed. Those expecting a stereotypical saccharine-filled, heart-warming Christmas story will be disappointed. This story is far richer and deeper. It's a reminder that no matter how we struggle throughout the year, Christmas is a time that reminds us of the hope that Christ brought into the world through his birth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith Fitzsimmons on December 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was so impressed with the beautiful way that the author intertwined important life lessons into a story that was captivating and heartwarming. I rarely purchase books, as my local public librarian can attest to, but I purchased several copies of this book to share with family and friends.

I see this book being something that all generations will enjoy and I am hoping that another book comes out of this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Marci Alborghetti accomplishes getting readers to spend their Christmas with this unique family and friends assembly. IT IS CHRISTMAS, NOT THANKSGIVING, but each in attendance at the contrived dinner have found a blessing to share. You will be left at the end of this tale recalling your own blessings and with a desire to pass along something to someone else--and it need not be an ornament of fine glass.

The history behind the volatile gathering deals with a 1940 decision to send a precious family-owned set of Christmas ornaments to a cousin, Filomena, who would soon escape war-time Italy and move to America. Mystic, Connecticut, actually. She was given the responsibility of protection for the glass. The book then skipped ahead to December, 2000, and Filomena devised a plan to force a reunion between her twin daughters by agreeing to move into the "dying building", as she calls the long-term care residence, if her daughters ate Christmas lunch with her, together, in her small apartment. Filomena would cook, likely spaghetti.

This was the beginning of chapters titled with the name of a person that had a significant influence on the life of Filomena. Some were family, others were strangers who became important, some were actually people connected to a descendant of Filomena. Most, in some way, had a connection to a certain piece of the Christmas Glass set. Over the years individual ornaments had been given away as mementos of special occasions/special people.

A once typical book content, now rare, is a list on the page prior to Chapter One containing all People mentioned in "The Christmas Glass." It identifies who they are, their relationship to Filomena, and their world location.
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