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Marissa Stapley

Autor(a) de Lucky

6+ Works 664 Membros 30 Críticas

Obras por Marissa Stapley

Lucky (2021) 314 exemplares, 11 críticas
The Last Resort (2019) 118 exemplares, 5 críticas
Three Holidays and a Wedding (2023) 117 exemplares, 3 críticas
Things to Do When It's Raining (2017) 60 exemplares, 3 críticas
Mating for Life (2014) 51 exemplares, 8 críticas
The Lightning Bottles (2024) 4 exemplares

Associated Works

Legacy: An Anthology (2015) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares, 7 críticas


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In December 2000, Ramadan, Hanukkah and Christmas all overlap. Two women are seated next to each other on a flight to Toronto. Anna is going to meet, and spend Christmas with, her boyfriend’s family. Growing up, she celebrated Hanukkah as well as Christmas, but her father died a few years ago and her Jewish stepmother has recently remarried. Maryam is going to her younger sister’s wedding. She has found it stressful to be preparing for a wedding, and now to be travelling with her family (her parents and grandfather, as well as her sister), during Ramadan.

During a terrifying storm, Anna and Maryam open up to each other and then, when their flight is diverted and they are snowed in in the picturesque and aptly-named Canadian town of Snow Falls, they become friends.

Their subsequent experiences in Snow Falls challenge and inspire both of them to reevaluate their lives -- from romantic prospects and career aspirations to family relationships. Putting it all into one sentence makes it sound sudden and dramatic, whereas it is much more gradual and thoughtful. Realistic. But also wrapped up in a winter holiday package which makes clear everyone is heading for a happy ending.

Towards the end of the novel, Maryam says:
“You don’t know what you’re missing until you are included in the story too”
The depiction of the December holiday season in movies often feels like it is intended to hit nostalgia buttons which my childhood never installed. (I’m a Southern Hemisphere dweller brought up by parents who didn’t believe in pretending about Santa. They also didn’t believe in owning a video player, so my exposure to the whole Christmas movie genre at a young and impressionable age was very limited.)

I can identify with Anna and Maryam’s experiences of feeling like Christmas movies don’t reflect their experiences of that season. I can understand their delight at finding places in Snow Falls where their cultures are accepted and represented. I didn’t always share that delight at some of the winter-holiday-aesthetic, because personally I find some of that cheesy rather than appealing, but that’s okay. I really enjoyed the rest of this story.
Anna had generously offered to execute the wedding theme Maryam had dreamed up, a cross between one of Dadu’s Bollywood wedding scenes and a Christmas gala. Either way, there would be a lot of gold tinsel and red velvet.
“I never realised how much overlap there is between South Asian fashion and Christmas decor,” Anna mused, as she ran her finger down the list Maram had handed her. “Both use a lot of candles, gold and silver, red and green”
… (mais)
Herenya | 2 outras críticas | Jul 6, 2024 |
This was another fun ride adventure, was better than I expected at the beginning and definitely hooked me. Many too perfect line up moments but they were at least for good reasons
hellokirsti | 10 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2024 |
Really enjoyed this one. Broke me out of a reading slump.
DKnight0918 | 10 outras críticas | Dec 23, 2023 |
Flying to Toronto has never been this much fun. Actually, it was no fun at all when bad weather and turbulence detoured the plane. Seat mates Maryam and Anna find themselves connecting in a way that was almost surprising. Anna is supposed to meet her boyfriend’s family, and Maryam is organizing her sister’s wedding. Only now, they are in a small, picturesque and very snowy town. And everyone’s plans are in disarray. It’s a lighted and at times, funny, look at what happens when circumstances demand that your careful plans are no more. Maybe something even better is in store for you. This lovely story will warm your heart even on the snowiest of days.… (mais)
Maydacat | 2 outras críticas | Nov 2, 2023 |



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