CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A YEAR by John Franklin Bardin

CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A YEAR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

...and for the last time to not-quite-five Jamey Lewis, whose remission in his fatal disease, permits leave from the hospital and shows him, sadly and with a little boy's matter of fact courage, how to maintain a quiet acceptance of the strange things that happen. Miscomprehension and misunderstanding complicate his return home; his older sister's unhappy response to an unseasonal Christmas and Jamey's invalidism; his parents' need to take advantage of the publicity the Association persuades them will help other sufferers; the exhausting and bewildering break-through of press and radio and TV; a home split, and finally joined, over trying to make a child's certain death a part of its life -- this is restrained in its heart-string tugging and observant in its follow-through on individual approaches to a possible human experience. And with his relapse, Christmas does happen -- not only in physical fact but in the hearts of all who have fought, and denied it most. Something more than a tear-jerker, this is aware of soppy pitfalls and alert to the many answers to an all too human equation. Handle with care -- but with love.

Publisher: Scribner