So, I’ve already finished Orson Scott Card‘s Christmas book, Zanna’s Gift: A Life in Christmases. It was a sweet little book, with some important reminders about what is really important in life — family and love. I enjoy OSC’s work, especially the Ender’s series. And I have a special fascination for him because, although I’ve never met him, we must have crossed paths on numerous occasions! He lived in Orem, Utah for awhile, and so did I. He went to the University of Utah during the years my father was a professor there (did he take a class from my dad??). And when I read his work, I hear things that resonate deep inside my genetic-cultural roots.
As I read Zanna’s Gift, I recognized some of my own extended family. Perhaps that’s the way everyone feels when they read it — maybe it’s a universal feeling — but for me, as I read it, I pictured people and landscapes with warm familiarity.