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Star bright! : a Christmas story
Greeley, Andrew M., 1928-2013.
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Hampton Falls, N.H. : Beeler Large Print, 1998.

Physical Description:
135 pages (large print) ; 25 cm
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Author Notes

Roman Catholic priest Andrew M. Greeley was the author of more than 100 non-fiction works of theology, sociology, prayer, and poetry; a professor of sociology; a newspaper columnist; and a successful novelist, writing in several genres, including mystery and science fiction. He was born on February 5, 1928 and was a native of Chicago. Greeley studied at Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary and earned an AB from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in 1950, a Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 1952, and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in 1954. He went on to receive a Master of Arts in 1961 and a Ph D in 1962.

Greeley's fiction, which often told stories of crime and scandal in the Roman Catholic church, can be violent and lurid and are considered controversial by many Church leaders. Greeley wrote on such issues as homosexuality in the clergy, pedophilia, and papal politics, and he created the popular mystery series starring Father Blackie Ryan, as well as another featuring the character Nuala McGrail.

Greeley was awarded honorary degrees from the University of Arizona, Bard College (New York State) and the National University of Ireland, Galway. In 1981, he received the F. Sadlier Dinger Award, which is presented each year by educational publisher William H. Sadlier, Inc. in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the ministry of religious education in America.

Greeley died on May 29, 2013 at his Chicago home. He was 85. (Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In this slim offering, the prolific priest-author tells a brief Christmastime love story. Jack Flanigan, an Irish American thirtysomething Boston College student, meets and (against his own counsel) falls in love with Odessa Shuskulya, a mysterious young Russian who is studying at nearby Harvard. Their relationship evolves, and soon Jack's entire family (a large brood from the Chicago's South Side) is badgering him to bring her home. Impulsively, Flanigan invites Odessa to spend Christmas in Chicago, despite what he sees as the dysfunctionality of his family. When Jack and Odessa arrive, most of the family members are in a typical modern Christmas mood: crabby and unpleasant. This being a magical Christmas tale, of course, the exotic, mystical Odessa, with her fascinating foreign ways, weaves her wizardry, ultimately having a tranquilizing effect on the obnoxious Flanigan family and changing their lives and attitudes forever. Greeley's fans will enjoy this uncomplicated, innocent tale. --Kathleen Hughes

Publisher's Weekly Review

Not your average Christmas tale, this big-hearted but saccharine short novel sets up callow Boston College student Jack Flanigan with beautiful, soulful Harvard undergrad Tatiana Alexseevna Shuskulya, just in time for Advent. A Russian studies major, Jack first glimpses Tatiana reading a Russian newspaper and, trying to show off his meager command of the language, succeeds only in making her acquaintance. As the two pious but hormonally healthy virgins become friends, Jack worries that Tatiana will spend Christmas alone, invites her (with some trepidation) home to Chicago for the holiday, then watches the Scripture-citing Orthodox girl with the "rich and glorious breasts" sweep his pugnacious Irish family off its feet. Scattered throughout the book are poems, songs, stories from Tatiana's homeland‘and more blarney about Mother Russia and the True Meaning of Christmas than most readers will be able to swallow in such a concentrated dose. As usual, former priest Greeley is a kindly matchmaker and a forgiving Catholic: fans may gobble down his latest confection like so much Christmas rom-baba. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A Christmas tale from priest and best-selling author Greeley. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.