by Sandy HusebyDecember, 2005
Where the heart is
Three women face three very different holiday challenges in the short story collection Scenes from a Holiday. In Laurie Graf's The Eight Dates of Hanukkah, events planner Nicki Heller isn't certain how her boyfriend Mark fits into her hectic life. After a head injury, Nicki goes into a coma, where she celebrates Hanukkah over and over, with a different nightmare date each time. This scare might be just what Nicki needs to realize what's keeping her and Mark apart. New Year's resolutions are easy to make, but not so easy to keep in Caren Lissner's Carrie Pilby's New Year's Resolution. Geeky Carrie is a genius, except in social settings, so her resolution to meet someone just like herself is accompanied by all the tactical planning and orchestration of an invasion. Fortunately, she has her good friend Kara to help her along the way. Christmas takes center stage in Melanie Murray's Emma Townsend Saves Christmas. Emma is a confirmed Manhattanite, but family traditions pull at her one more time. When she goes home to the country for the holidays, however, Jeff's on her mind even though he's left behind.