Zanna's Gift

A Life in Christmases

Orson Scott Card

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From the pen of a masterful storyteller comes a touching and inspirational story of love, loss, and the true meaning of Christmas that will take its place beside Richard Paul Evans' "Christmas Box Trilogy," as a timeless classic that will be passed from generation to generation.

When the Pullman family lost their eldest son Ernie to an unexpected illness just before Christmas, 1938, it was devastating to all of them, but especially to young Suzanna, their four-year-old daughter who shared a special bond with her big brother. A strangely gifted child, Zanna loved to draw, but Ernie was the only one who was able to see the pictures in the curious patterns she made. And he did not live to see her last gift, a Christmas painting she had made just for him.

This is the story of that gift, and how it inspired her and her whole family, generation to generation, to keep alive the spirit of imagination, hope, and love, for Christmases to come.
Zanna grew up to be a famous artist, but in the hearts of her children and grandchildren, her nieces and nephews, that first painting, the Gift, was truly her most important work. Christmas after Christmas, as the long decades pass up to the present day, Scott Richards allows us to share in the warmth of a family bound together by the transcendent miracle of love.

Zanna's life, told in Christmases, will inspire you to keep alive your own family traditions, to share those loving moments with your children and grandchildren for years to come.

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ZANNA (Chapter 1)

There are many ways to lose a child, and none of them is merciful. But like all unbearable things it can be borne, and in the weeks before Christmas 1938, the Pullmans were learning how.

Ernie, their oldest boy, had turned fifteen in August and was in his next to last year of high school. There would be little money to send him to college, but he was smart and studied hard. He hoped for a scholarship.

But he didn't count on it. He didn't count on anything. That was why he also worked at Virgil's Furnace.

Ernie had started with Virg as a boy, looking over the

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"Zanna's Gift is a Christmas message for our time: a wise and poignant tale of love and faith, and a reminder for a troubled world that grief can act as a crucible to the human spirit, calling forth a masterpiece of art or music or literature, to give shape to sorrow." --Sharyn McCrumb, New York Times Bestselling author of "St. Dale" on Zanna's Gift

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About the Author

Orson Scott Card

Scott Richards grew up in California, and travels extensively throughout the world.

Orson Scott Card

Bob Henderson, Henderson Photograpy, Inc.
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Zanna's Gift
A Life in Christmases
Orson Scott Card

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
November 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429990981
ISBN10: 1429990988
144 pages
$5.99

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Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
November 2008
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765358356
ISBN10: 0765358352
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 144 pages
$5.99
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