The Red Velvet Box

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The Red Velvet Box is a Christmas story for all ages. Set in 1954 it tells of a young girls discovery that all is not how it appears to be, even your 84 year old Grandmother, and even she has a story to tell. More

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About Christine Keleny

I am married (for a second time), mother of two, and a writer. My paying job is currently as a manager of a Physical Therapy Clinic and as a Physical Therapist.
I like the outdoors and I enjoy doing things with my hands: crochet, cross stitch, paint, beginning knitter, and handyman. I consider myself a jack of all trades and a master of none.

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Review by: Kate Skyeline on Aug. 06, 2013 : star star star star star
This delightful little book is a contemporary work of fiction set in 1954. The narrator is 13-year old, Katherine Gale, who is quirky, smart and a voracious reader. Like all teenagers, she is a little bit of an outsider, even in her family - a person standing a bit apart from everyone else, a person who is still trying to figure out where she fits in.

The story revolves around Katherine's trip to her grandmother's house, a trip which she is reluctant to take. Katherine's grandmother's memory is failing, yet it is not all gone. Her grandmother's glimpses of memory allow Katherine to see her as an entirely different light - as a woman, a lover, and adult rather than as just an elderly grandmother. What makes this novella particularly poignant is Keleny's rich descriptions of Chicago, the Girl Scouts and the ornaments. They make the story come alive and make you nostalgic for another time and place.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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