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The Return of the Light by Carolyn McVickar Edwards
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Dec 26, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, winter
Read from December 15 to 26, 2010

This book was worth the interlibrary loan wait for the introduction alone. It begins with a great historical and anthropological explanation of solstice-time celebrations. The author has a masterful command of effective and dare I say effervescent vocabulary and manages to be insightful, informative, and succinct. What follows is 12 tales themed around Light. The introductory pieces before each section and each story were usually as good if not better than the stories themselves. The sections of the book were intriguing: Theft, Surrender, and Grace. The songs at the end had some good solstice lyric rewrites, and a couple that just didn't fit the flow of the songs. It was a very nice collection to read aloud a story at a time. Very exciting!

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