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Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead. Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the only author to win these two top prizes in consecutive years. There are seven other novels to date in The Ender Universe series. Card has also written fantasy: The Tales of Alvin Maker is a series of fantasy novels set in frontier America; his most recent novel, The Lost Gate, is a contemporary magical fantasy. Card has written many other stand-alone sf and fantasy novels, as well as movie tie-ins and games, and publishes an internet-based science fiction and fantasy magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, Card directs plays and teaches writing and literature at Southern Virginia University. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and youngest daughter, Zina Margaret.
This remarkable first novel tells the story of a family's love, loss, and strength through Christmases spanning from 1938 to the present. With the sudden death of oldest son Ernie, the Pullman family's world is shattered. At first it seems that four-year-old Suzanna is taking her brother's death well, but as Christmas approaches, Zanna is concerned about what to do with the picture she was painting for Ernie's Christmas present. Her mother suggests that she give it to someone else, but Zanna knows she cannot because Ernie was the only one who could decipher her drawings. Only when she sees Ernie in a dream does little Zanna recover her joy. She then decides to save her drawing until she sees Ernie again, bringing it out each Christmas. Richards's prose is emotional but never overly sentimental. In the tradition of Richard Paul Evans's The Christmas Box and The Locket, Richards' sure-to-be-classic tale is highly recommended for the Christmas season and all year 'round. Richards resides in Colorado. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"Richards's prose is emotional but never overly sentimental. In the tradition of Richard Paul Evans's The Christmas Box and The Locket, Richards' sure-to-be-classic tale is highly recommended for the Christmas season and all year 'round." --Library Journal on Zanna's Gift