Blessings Blessings Download Author Anna Quindlen 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.

  • 4.5
  • 077
  • English
  • 22 December 2017
  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • 9780375502231
  • Blessings
  • Anna Quindlen

10 thoughts on “Blessings

  1. Margitte says:

    The blurb says it all 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 forgotte...

  2. Jane says:

    This book was a selection for my daughter s book club Let me say straight off that I loved it A baby is left by the garage of the local big house by a couple of teenagers, and found by the handyman who lives over the garage A strange complicity develops between him and the house s owner, and two people from opposite sides of the social divide enter into a friendship that reconciles their own pasts.So now I m going to talk about the rules it breaks You get a lot of talk on writer blogs about never starting your novel with a backstory dump Blessings sets up the action and then gives you 70 pages of backstory before the story moves forward You re told to use short, punchy sentences Blessings is strewn with long and sometimes somewhat clunky sentences So why does it work so well The answer has to be that the writing is beautiful, the characters are immaculately drawn...

  3. Holli says:

    This book started out a bit slow for me but once it got going I was hooked until the end I have heard mentioned in some reviews that people don t like how it ends but I believe the ending was exactly the way it should have ended The way Anna Quindlen writes resonates with me and I can see AND feel the setting, the character s emotions, everything about the ...

  4. Carol Storm says:

    THE OLD BAT AND THE BABYby Anna Go AwayShe was an old bat who lived alone in a crumbling mansion and she had gone seventy five years without a man During the first seventy three years she had lived alone, but now that she was too old to mow her own lawn and wash her own socks a boy lived with her Boy, said Lydia Blessings I hear a baby crying Go and bring him into our house, so I may vicariously enjoy the thrill of motherhood Yes, boss lady The boy was thirty seven years old, and he was not really a boy, but the old woman was rich and the boy knew his place In the nights the baby cried often and the old woman liked to hear it because it meant that someone else was changing the diapers and breathing in the foul baby stink which she could never have endured Ha ha, thought the old bat, for so many...

  5. Lori says:

    Blessings is the third Anna Quindlen novel that I ve read and enjoyed She is such an eloquent writer with accurate descriptions of the silent suffering and happiness that occurs in the human psyche I enjoyed this story of Lydia Blessing and Skip Cuddy who through the nuturing and love of an abandoned baby girl make an usual family Much of the story takes place in a bittersweet remembering that occurs in Lydia s mind as she reviews the last eighty years of her life The reader is touched as Lydia remembers both the pleasures and pains of being a Blessing She once again feels the sadness of her mother s rejection and her subsequent treatment of her own daughter The sorrow from her brothers death and the realization of her naivete The baby makes her yearn for a life that is gone but at the same time enco...

  6. Maria says:

    I found this on a free pile of books and thought the title vaguely intriguing Free appeals, and I seemed to recall that I d read Black and Blue once same author and liked it This novel is soothing, yes it is, but it s a bit trite, and there is only one, just one, really sharply depicted poignant moment late in the narrative where the hero has suffered a tremendous loss which is so well done I was left openmouthed also, ther...

  7. Christina says:

    When a baby is abandoned at Blessings, a rural country estate, it is up to the ex con groundskeeper, the crotchety old woman who owns Blessings, and the daughter of the Korean housekeeper and the local garage owner to take care of her Blessings is a story about the skeletons in our...

  8. Kellie says:

    a story of unconventional relationships that grow in unlikely places stories of regret and wishes stories of improvement simultaneous intertwining of past and present challenges some traditional notions and judgments

  9. Lydia Presley says:

    Original review posted hereAnna Quindlen is one of those authors who holds the power to knock the socks off of me Every time I go to pick up one of her books I know that, at some point, I m going to end up in tears so I have to pace myself accordingly.Blessings was no different While it didn t contain nearly the same amount of tragedy some of Quindlen s other books have Yes, Every Last One, I m looking at you , it still had some heartbreaking moments, but, in true Quindlen style, I knew that these characters would be strong enough to overcome it.Blessings is the story of a family, an unlikely family, but complete with all of the past wrong doings, mistakes, loves and hurts that a normal family might have This family consists of a Korean housekeeper, an 80ish year old woman, and a convicted felon groundskeeper and one tiny, helpless baby Of course, there is also the house, which is filled with history and memories and can t be left out of the mix.I was completely charmed by Charles Skip Cuddy and his treatment of the unlikely turn of events that culminated in his finding a baby i...

  10. Linda Hart says:

    Pulitzer Prize winning ANNA QUINDLEN is such a wonderful writer that she is listed as one of my favorites Her prose is just lovely Washington Post Book World said, Quindlen knows that all the things we ever will be can be found in some forgotten fragment of family I concur She really captures both place and characters BLESSINGS is a powerful novel of personal change, redemption, and love The growth in her immaculately drawn characters is well developed and believable I cared so deeply about them and their circumstances that despite the well thought out and realistic resolutions to their problems I did not want the book to end I want a sequel, with the same characters, yet I know any of this gifted author s characters in her future writings will be equally loved by her readers.This would make an excellent book club read and discussion It would also make a great movie I read the audio version, expertly narrated by JOAN ALLEN, it was a delight I enjoyed it so much I ve requested th...

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