Mr. Ives' Christmas

Paperback | December 23, 2003

byOscar Hijuelos

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Hijuelos' novel tells the story of Mr. Ives, who was adopted from a foundling's home as a child. When we first meet him in the 1950s, Mr. Ives is very much a product of his time. He has a successful career in advertising, a wife and two children, and believes he is on his way to pursuing the typical American dream. But the dream is shattered when his son Robert, who is studying for the priesthood, is killed violently at Christmas. Overwhelmed by grief and threatened by a loss of faith in humankind, Mr. Ives begins to question the very foundations of his life. Part love story—of a man for his wife, for his children, for God—and part meditation on how a person can find spiritual peace in the midst of crisis, Mr. Ives' Christmas is a beautifully written, tender and passionate story of a man trying to put his life in perspective. In the expert hands of Oscar Hijuelos, the novel speaks eloquently to the most basic and fulfilling aspects of life for all of us.

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In this finely wrought bestseller, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Oscar Hijuelos crafts "his most powerful book yet . . . both a wonderfully affecting tale of a contemporary job and a finely observed portrait of an innocent abroad in New York" (New York Times). When Mr. Ives loses his son to an act of violence at Christmas, he begins to...

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Hijuelos' novel tells the story of Mr. Ives, who was adopted from a foundling's home as a child. When we first meet him in the 1950s, Mr. Ives is very much a product of his time. He has a successful career in advertising, a wife and two children, and believes he is on his way to pursuing the typical American dream. But the dream is sha...

Oscar Hijuelos was born of Cuban parentage in New York City in 1951. He is a recipient of the Rome Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, among others. His five previous novels have been translated into twenty-five languages.Oscar Hijuelosnació de padres cubanos en...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:December 23, 2003Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060927542

ISBN - 13:9780060927547

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In this finely wrought bestseller, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Oscar Hijuelos crafts "his most powerful book yet . . . both a wonderfully affecting tale of a contemporary job and a finely observed portrait of an innocent abroad in New York" (New York Times). When Mr. Ives loses his son to an act of violence at Christmas, he begins to question the very foundations of his life.

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"Stunning...a triumph...with honesty at its core that seems almost shocking in this day and age. A lovely story."-- "Boston Globe""Enthralling...A life-affirming novel, a worthy successor to Dickens."-- "Philadelphia Inquirer""He tells a story that is 2,000 years old and yet in so doing presents us with a book that is truly startling in its novelty...This is the best book Hijuelos has written. Which is saying something."-- "Los Angeles Times""Hijuelos shows us that miracles are something nearer than we believe."-- "Denver Post"