Heartwarming details and long-held traditions punctuate Wayne Curtis’ Christmas stories

Sleigh Tracks in New Snow: Maritime Christmas Stories
By Wayne Curtis
$18.95, publisher, 160 pp.
Pottersfield Press, August, 2014

Seigh Tracks in New Snow Wayne CurtisNew snow transforms into canvas and sleigh tracks into a paintbrush as word artist Wayne Curtis creates Christmas scenes as heartwarming as those of Dickens, minus artificial contrivances. They’re suffused with the warmth of a wood fire, the sounds of Miramichi kitchen-party fiddles and church bells at midnight and illuminated by telling details of which Curtis is a master.

Because these stories are based on truth –our truth as Maritimers– they’re not all ‘happily ever after’ tales. Grandparents die, lovers aren’t reconciled, economic realities keep a Wish Book Christmas a fantasy; however parents make loving sacrifices, excited children proclaim a lop-sided fir tree perfect, grown sons return from Ontario, families and neighbours come together.

Written over a period of 50 years, this collection of Christmas memories is a generous offering from a gifted writer who has much to share about the importance of family and community and especially “life’s most valuable possession” ­–memory– which lives on “like coals in the ashes of burnt out fantasies” and “brightens like a drifting flake of snow.”

Sleigh Tracks in New Snow: Maritime Christmas Stories
By Wayne Curtis
$18.95, publisher, 160 pp.
Pottersfield Press, August, 2014

 

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Margaret Patricia Eaton writes the weekly Art Talk column for the Times & Transcript. She’s won several awards for her poetry which has been published in three collections, including her latest, Vision & Voice with painter Angelica de Benedetti.

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