Blessings

Blessings

A Novel

Book - 2002
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Late one night, a teenage couple drives up to the big white clapboard home on the Blessing estate and leaves a box. In that instant, the lives of those who live and work there are changed forever. Skip Cuddy, the caretaker, finds a baby girl asleep in that box and decides he wants to keep the child . . . while Lydia Blessing, the matriarch of the estate, for her own reasons, agrees to help him. Blessings explores how the secrets of the past affect decisions and lives in the present; what makes a person or a life legitimate or illegitimate and who decides; and 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."
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345468697
0345468694
9780375502231
0375502238
Branch Call Number: QUIN
Characteristics: 226 p

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ArapahoeAnnaL Jul 16, 2018

This story of a young man from the wrong side of the tracks who finds and keeps a newborn baby is rich in characters, plot, and setting. It includes snippets from the life of a wealthy young woman coming of age during WW II, now 80 years old, family secrets, various nuanced relationships, illicit love, deep grief, and hope.

From the opening scene where we watch as an unnamed boy and girl drive up to an old mansion, leave a newborn in a box by the garage door, and drive away we know we are in the hands of a master storyteller. In telling this particular story the author gives us a wider vision of the shape a life can take. The lens moves in and out; all elements of the novel come together to give the reader a lovely, moving experience.

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readerpat
Jul 14, 2015

This is a very good story about an abandoned baby left in a box. Found by a young handyman who looks after it and loves the baby. The old lady who owns the big house also gets involved. A sad ending however. I did not like the bad language sprinkled throughout the story. A great novelist like this could surely come up with different words to express the meanings.

Marneya Nov 04, 2011

A very sweet book, well written, beautiful, graceful time.

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mkmccarty
Jun 14, 2011

I read this book a few years ago and it is still touching. Anna Quindlen has a great way of connecting to the emotions of the characters. This was a great story!

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