Miss Novak's Christmas
Miss Novak's Christmas
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Anya Novak was a talented viola player who had moved from Slovakia to New York City just a year before. With no family or close friends, she led a lonely life and much like her viola, she was comfortable being in the background. As the holidays approached, she was selected to play in a small chamber orchestra that would be performing a holiday concert at Lincoln Center. There, she met a mysterious older gentleman who introduced her to David, another musician. Like her, David also led a quiet and relatively lonely life and Anya began to think she had a chance at happiness. But a mishap two days before Christmas and the loss of her most prized possession changed that. Would she be able to overcome these challenges and connect with David?

Miss Novak’s Christmas is a story of overcoming adversity and insecurity. It also offers a unique view of Christmas beliefs and traditions. This is the third Christmas-themed novella by in Robert A. Valle.


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  • Romance

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Anya Novak had always been very timid. Growing up in Slovakia, she was always told that she needed to be quiet and supportive in the background. She was told that as a viola player, she has to blend into the background and allow the violin players to shine. Now, alone in the US after her parents' deaths, she continues to live a quiet lifestyle blending into the background. She plays the viola in a chamber orchestra, and one day near Christmas time, she meets an older man named Niels after rehearsal.

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Miss Novak’s Christmas written by Robert A. Valle follows the story of a recent Slovakian immigrant, Anya Novak. She is a reserved and talented viola player, who despite her skills is extremely self-conscious. She doubts herself as a result of the many adverse experiences she faced in Slovakia, the most recent of which led her to move to Manhattan. The novella opens with Anya’s chamber group wrapping up rehearsal for their winter concert where Anya is told by her conductor that she needs to play bolder.

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