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Christmas Past
by Bill Duncliffe

Category: Fiction / Autobiography
111 pages; ISBN: 0595224229

Rating: 7/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Carolyn Howard-Johnson


Reviewed by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of “This is the Place” and “Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered”

In "Christmas Past," Bill Duncliffe calls up memories of Christmas-American-Style replete with the required dreams of baseball dancing around in a young boy’s head—in this case, a personally autographed fielder’s glove from Carl Yastrzemski himself.

This memoir cum novel breaks a few rules. A teacher in novel writing might suggest that it isn’t long enough or fleshed out enough to be a full-fledged novel; it’s not quite a memoir either. It reminds me more of a long short story. That should not bother most readers because it is a good story. The kind of story that warms hearts, even in bitter Boston where it is set.

"Chirstmas Past" reminds me a little of some sections from John Grisham’s "A Painted House." At $9.95 it’s a sweet-souled, slim little volume that says “Merry Christmas” much better than a card.

(Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the author of "This is the Place."
Marilyn Ross, author, speaker, and publishing consultant says " Howard-Johnson's lyrical prose graces every page."
Howard-Johnson is also the author of
"Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered" released just in time for Christmas. Learn more at



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