Henry is a quiet, unassuming, shy man who works the night shift at a museum in Chicago as a security guard. Since he was ten, art has been his escape and source of joy. As a young man he came across a zesty woman who became his best friend, and who procured for him the job he loves. One night, two paintings are gifted to the museum, and of the two, the second, unremarkable one by an unknown artist captivates him and becomes his obsession. Years pass by as Henry continues with his lonely yet content life, until one Christmas when a miracle truly occurs and changes everything.
Merry Christmas, Henry caught my attention as soon as I read a sample preview. It is a small book which can easily be finished in a short while. It is a beautifully written, heart-warming and bittersweet tale of a lonely man with a gentle heart who finally finds a place for himself. The characters, the story, the atmosphere as soon as you read the first line hook you, and pull you further in. It’s a living, breathing tale wonderfully written where despite the short length you immediately appreciate the skill and the richness of the character.
The tender narrative and vivid descriptions make the story come alive. It’s hard to believe this is the author’s first published work. The writing is crisp, mature and leaves you wanting more. A great read for anytime of the year.