Silent Night: A Novel
Now Emma is living with her aunt Whitney, who had chosen a very different path from her sister’s. Whitney was always the studious older sister, hating the cult of celebrity that enveloped their childhood. Instead, she is a psychiatrist who lives for her work and enjoys a no-strings-attached love affair with a wealthy venture capitalist. But at a moment’s notice, Whitney drops everything to help her niece.
A young priest named Joseph Mohr went for a walk just before writing the lyrics and the idea for the song came to him as he stopped to observe his town at peace — sleeping under a quiet blanket of winter. When he returned to his church, he recited his lyrics to Franz Xaver Gruber, the church’s choir director, who wrote the melody