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Overview Ellee and her mother don't view things the same way. She eventually leaves the constraints of home, and runs smack into the arms of grace at the Comeback Cafe. Only upon a midnight return home with a trucker named Jedidiah, will Ellee find the comfort, joy, and unreserved love that she's yearned for all her life.
Publishers Description Something strange "is" brewing at the Comeback Cafe " A grandfather's song has turned a diner into hallowed ground. A contrary girl with a gypsy heart feels the tug of home. And a truck driver named Jedidiah keeps his foot on the gas, ready to sweep you into an unforgettable story of belonging and grace. " It's the 1960s Midwest, and Ellee Crumb wants to change the world, starting with her mother, but she's having trouble even getting her teachers to know her real name. So Ellee sits at the Comeback, her broken heart lying there on a table, when a three-armed waitress and a quirky stranger show up and hand her back the pieces. An affecting tale, "My Mother's Wish" will remind you of the power of grand hopes and effect of impossible expectations. You'll witness the influence every life has on another, and you'll find new reasons to believe in the comfort and joy in an everyday, American version of the story of Christmas: being known and loved, just as you are.
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Jerry Camery-Hoggatt, Ph.D., is professor of New Testament at Vanguard University, in Costa Mesa, California. A professional storyteller, he is the author of the highly-acclaimed Christmas stories "When Mother Was Eleven-Foot-Four" (in trade adult and children's picture book editions) and "Givers of Gift"s. Jerry and his wife, Shaleen, are the parents of three children.
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you'll laugh & cry & tears will roll down your cheeks May 21, 2010
MY MOTHER'S WISH: An American Christmas Carol, by Jerry Camery-Hoggatt (88 pgs., 2008). This is a sweet & charming & very short Christmas novella. It's the 1960s in the Midwest & Ellee Crumb McKutcheon is a seventh grader who is bent on changing the world or at the very least bent on getting her teachers & her mother to recognize that her name is Ellee, not Eleanor. She has run-ins with some authority figures at school, a boy in her class & her Mom. She finally gets fed up & runs away from home. She gets a lift from a friendly trucker. They stop for a meal at the Comeback Cafe, where they are served by a three-armed waitress & meet some nicely eccentric strangers. Hopes, dreams, wishes & desires are what this book is about. Read how these quirky strangers eventually help Ellee return home & how in the end she reconciles with her Mom & teachers & ends up marrying that boy. You'll laugh & cry & tears will roll down your cheeks. You'll also wonder just who is that truck driver & your belief in Santa will be solidified.
Masterful Storycraft Dec 3, 2008
Wow!!! Camery-Hoggatt is masterful 21st century storyteller who crafts animated characters and compelling narratives with an inspired pen. My Mother's Wish is a holiday tale seen from the perspective of a young girl named Ellee living in a '60s middle America landscape. Ellee's observations reveal a girl with insight and smarts but whose conclusions are still constrained by the inexperience of her limited years. It's a sweeping first-person Christmas narrative that tackles the many complexities of growing up. It's about a mother learning to accept a daughter's uniqueness and a daughter learning to see the maternal love that parenting often masks. C-H created a character that's sharp, quick-witted and independent, and crafts a tale that reminds its readers that the greatest Christmas gift of all is family. My Mother's Wish is a first-rate holiday story!
An American Christmas Carol Nov 25, 2008
Although this is a quick read it is an excellent one. It will stay with you for a long time. I highly recommend it. :)
Delightfully wry timeless tale for the holidays Nov 17, 2008
My Mother's Wish by Jerry Camery-Hoggatt is aptly subtitled An American Christmas Carol. Ellee McKutcheon has never been able to live up to her mother's expectations of her and has actually taken pride in living life her own way, but after a major fight between her parents, Ellee takes to the road. A stop at the Comeback Cafe resurrects old feelings and more than a few ghosts bringing Ellee home and to new appreciation for her mother on Christmas. Camery-Hoggatt writes with a wry and witty style making each anecdote a delight. While the story is short, it packs a real punch about the meaning of Christmas, family, and love. It's a charming book perfect for holiday gift-giving.
A Sweet Christmas Read -- A Great Stocking Stuffer Nov 17, 2008
My Mother's Wish, An American Christmas Carol, by Jerry Camery-Hoggatt, is a sweet little Christmas story told with the imagery of Garrison Keillor, if Garrison Keillor had the bizarre sense of humor and imagination of Tim Burton.
My Mother's Wish tells the story of Ellee, a young girl who embraces being "contrariwise" in every sense of the word. She insists on being her own person, defying the mold her strong willed, proper mother has created for her. She resists her given (read "forced upon") nae of Eleanor and the image it conjures.
Ellee paints word pictures that will make the reader feel 8 years old all over again. In fact, her narrative style will remind you of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. Ellee is wise beyond her years, funny and sadly misunderstood. But in the end, she is loved and accepted for who she really is. This is a tale of reconcilliation . . . a wry, hilarious, sad little tale of eventual acceptance and forgiveness. Thankfully, Christmas morning comes just in time.