A Christmas Memory
A poignant, deeply felt novel about loss, grief, the healing power of forgiveness, and the true meaning of the holiday season.
About the Book
It’s 1967, and for young Richard it’s a time of heartbreak and turmoil. Over the span of a few months, his brother, Mark, is killed in Vietnam; his father loses his job and moves the family from California to his grandmother’s abandoned home in Utah; and his parents make the painful decision to separate.
With uncertainty rattling every corner of his life, Richard does his best to remain strong—but when he’s run down by bullies at his new school, he meets Mr. Foster, an elderly neighbor who chases off the bullies and invites Richard in for a cup of cocoa. Richard becomes fast friends with the wise, solitary man who inspires Richard’s love for books and whose dog, Gollum, becomes his closest companion.
As the holidays approach, the joy and light of Christmas seem unlikely to permeate the Evans home as things take a grim turn for the worse. And just when it seems like he has nothing left to lose, Richard is confronted by a startling revelation. But with Mr. Foster’s wisdom and kindness, he learns for the first time what truly matters about the spirit of the season: that forgiveness can heal even the deepest wounds, and love endures long after the pain of loss subsides.
In A Christmas Memory, Richard Paul Evans (#1 New York Times bestselling author and the “King of Christmas fiction”) delves deep into his childhood memories to take readers back to an age when his world felt like it was falling apart, reminding us that even in the darkest of times, the light of hope can still shine.
When I wrote A Christmas Memory, I was really sick. Perhaps the sickest I’ve ever been. I had pneumonia for four weeks then caught Covid on top of it. I was in bed 18 – 20 hours a day. I was losing a lot of weight and Keri, my wife, had to force me to eat. A close friend of mine died of the same thing just a month before and I wasn’t sure how things were going to turn out. Then this book started coming to me.
For several days I lay on my stomach and scrawled out the words about my childhood and an old man I visited. I was so foggy-headed that I thought it was probably just junk I was writing. As I started to get better I went back and read what I’d written. I was amazed. It was some of the best writing of my career. Tears came to my eyes as I read about this little boy. I knew something miraculous had happened. I suppose that’s why I think there is something special about this book
Published November 22, 2022
Length: 192 pages