The winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards, Connie Willis has thrilled countless readers with her enthralling science fiction novels that entertain as well as enlighten. Now this superb writer captures the timeless essence of generosity and goodwill in a magical collection of Christmas stories that showcase her remarkable talent while taking us on breathless journeys to fascinating realms filled with wonder and joy.
This enchanting group of eight tales—two of which are original to this collection—begins with the title story, “Miracle,” in which an office worker hopes that her handsome colleague will finally notice her at the company Christmas party. But her carefully devised plans go awry when her guardian angel takes it upon himself to show her the true meaning of love. In the cautionary tale “In Coppelius’s Toyshop,” the motto What Goes Around Comes Around serves as an eerie reminder to a jaded narcissist who finds himself trapped in a crowded toy store at Christmastime.
In the touching “Adaptation,” the Ghosts of Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come pay a visit to a lonely bookstore clerk, who discovers that the best gift of all is to give—even when his one wish for the holidays doesn’t come true. “Inn” presents the inspiring story of a choir singer who gives shelter on a cold winter night to a homeless man and his pregnant wife—only to learn later that there’s much more to the couple than meets the eye. And “Epiphany” follows three unwitting, modern-day wisemen on a quest unlike any they’ve ever experienced.
A treasure to cherish anytime of the year, this collection boldly reimagines the stories of Christmas and serves as a testament to Connie Willis’s unique genius and skill in bringing the extraordinary to life while conveying the power of human compassion and love.