This powerful new novel by the bestselling author of Black and Blue, One True Thing, Object Lessons, and A Short Guide to a Happy Life begins when a teenage couple drives up, late at night, headlights out, to Blessings, the estate owned by Lydia Blessing. They leave a box and drive away, and in this instant, the world of Blessings is changed forever. Richly written, deeply moving, beautifully crafted, Blessings tells the story of Skip Cuddy, caretaker of the estate, 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. The secrets of the past, how they affect the decisions and lives of people 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—these are at the center of this wonderful novel of love, redemption, and personal change by the 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.”
From the Hardcover edition.
From the Hardcover edition.
Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Sep 17, 2002
Blessings, by Anna Quindlen is one of those books where the story just stays with you because of it's simplicity. There isn't an overwhelming plot, no truly unexpected twist, and a relatively small cast of characters. It's truly the story of two people and how a baby that doesn't belong to either of them, changes their lives. Skip is a young man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. After being released from jail, he goes to work for Mrs. Blessing. She is an elderly woman who owns the grandest estate in the area. She likes Skip and hires him as her groundskeeper. She's formal, stuffy, and very much into her routine. She's got secrets though and is not as perfect as she looks. They are an odd pair.Skip finds a baby that was left at the estate and secretly cares for her. He's afraid to turn her in and grows to love the baby girl, considering himself her father. When Mrs. Blessing finds out about little Faith, she assists in her care and the deception. The descriptions of the house and land are so lovely that the house almost becomes a character in the novel. Mrs. Blessing is described so beautifully that I can see her standing at her window, looking disapprovingly at everything she sees. While the book isn't long, it is full of wonderful words. I truly enjoyed the story and recommend it to everyone.read more
Eh. I got it for a dollar at a used bookstore in KC. Mrs. Blessing resonated with me very much because she reminded me of a lady we used to stay the night with to make sure she was okay but that was the highlight here and made me up it a star.read more
Although the storyline was interesting, for some reason her writing annoyed me. It seemed contrived and the descriptions forced.read more
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