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blessingsBlessings by Anna Quindlen

FROM THE WEBSITE”Blessings, the bestselling novel by the author of Black and Blue, One True Thing, Object Lessons, and A Short Guide to a Happy Life, begins when, late at night, a teenage couple drives up to the estate owned by Lydia Blessing and leaves a box.

In this instant, the world of the estate called Blessings is changed forever. The story of Skip Cuddy, the Blessings caretaker, who finds a baby asleep in that box and decides he wants to keep her, and of matriarch Lydia Blessing, who, for her own reasons, decides to help him, Blessings explores how the secrets of the past affect decisions and lives in the present; what makes a person, a life, legitimate or illegitimate, and who decides; the unique resources people find in themselves and in a community. This is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and personal change by the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer about whom The Washington Post Book World said, “Quindlen knows that all the things we ever will be can be found in some forgotten fragment of family.”

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FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…I thoroughly enjoyed reading Quindlen’s novel Blessings. She creates each character with such life suited for their particular “lifestyle”. We watch a young man who finds hope within a small bundle that transforms his life forever. We become a fly on the wall learning about the family secrets of the Blessings estate and how it affects the lives of those impacted. You can’t help but feel for her characters as they battle their own inner struggles before they can reach some sort of peace. And at times you can’t help but want to slap or punch them into reality. My only disappointment at the end was that I wish the main characters from the Blessing estate remained a big part of the little girl’s life. Why must they leave when she had finally breathed love into their souls? Oh I DEFINITELY cried when the estranged teenage mother came to pick her up and he didn’t want to be in her life.  I kept thinking to myself, “Why aren’t you going to fight for her since she did just abandon her!” and “Why won’t you be part of this precious life?! She became so much of you!” Course we all know that book characters don’t always listen to us, right? But then if the main character hadn’t “walked away” then I would have expected him to stay all along and I wouldn’t have experienced as many emotions as I did at the end. It’s a reminder that not all stories end happily ever after. But then again, perhaps without this little blessing whom touched the lives of the estate mistress and her employee their own life would have remained lost from their own abandonments.


7 Responses

  1. Any book that gets you emotionally enough involved to want to slap or punch a character is a good one in my opinion.

  2. I loved reading her columns in the NY Times (years ago), but I haven’t yet read one of her novels. I should give one a try.

  3. I felt the same way. Especially about the ending. I cried quite a bit while reading Blessings.

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