New Year's Eve Stories

Woman in old grey sweater holding a sparkler with a twilight night in the background.

To me, there's a mystical feeling to the end of the year that lends itself to stories and fiction. The turn of the year in literature can be both exciting and melancholic, with all the simultaneous endings and beginnings.

Reads for the End of 2017

If you're looking for a good and relevant read on the final weekend of 2017, here are some ideas from the San José Public Library catalog.

Book Cover: The Little Match Girl

The Little Match Girl

by Hans Christian Anderson

This very short story by the fairy tale master takes place on New Year's Eve. There are many adaptations and illustrated versions of the story. It has also been adapted many times to film, music, and television, as well as in one of my favorite off-Broadway musicals, Groovelily's Striking 12.

Book Cover: The Chimes by Charles Dickens

The Chimes

by Charles Dickens

In 1844, Dickens published The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In. It was one year after the publication of his far more well-known A Christmas Carol. Like Scrooge, The Chimes protagonist Toby Veck is visited by spirits with moral lessons. His turn comes on New Year's Eve, and the spirits' mission is to change Toby's belief that people are born bad.

Book Cover: A Long Way Down

A Long Way Down

by Nick Hornby

Popular British author Nick Hornby's novel features four depressed strangers who coincidentally meet at the top of a London roof on New Year's Eve. They are all there because they plan to jump off, but they are thwarted and dissuaded by each other.

The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers

The Nine Tailors

by Dorothy L. Sayers

Famed fictional detective Lord Peter Wimsey has car trouble that strands him in the small English village of Fenchurch. He ends up helping to ring the village bells on New Year's Eve, and then, of course, he ends up investigating local murder.

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