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Blessings | [Anna Quindlen]

Blessings

Anna Quindlen, best selling author of A Short Guide to a Happy Life, returns with this "immensely appealing" novel. 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 story of love, redemption, and personal change.
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Publisher's Summary

This powerful new novel by the best selling author of 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."

©2002 Anna Quindlen; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Immensely appealing." (Publishers Weekly)
"Quindlen writes with power and grace." (The Boston Globe)
"Written with intelligence, clarity, and heartrending directness." (Newsday)

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    Laura pacific palisades, CA, USA 06-07-03
    Laura pacific palisades, CA, USA 06-07-03
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    "A terrific listen"

    Rich characters are exquisitely brought to life by actress Joan Allen; a very enjoyable listen. Neither too heavy nor too lite.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Westlake Village, CA, United States 01-05-15
    Ann Westlake Village, CA, United States 01-05-15
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    "Big issues addressed in an unexpected way"
    What did you love best about Blessings?

    There was a peacefulness to the pace which I liked, perhaps it was the reader. The author dealt with the big issues of the day in a very quiet manner.

    The difference between how young versus older people see life offered insights I have never considered. The constrained life path that the old woman, Lydia Blessing, felt obligated to take and how it affected her outlook was really interesting to me.

    How sexuality was treated in different eras and its impact on people's lives was powerful and made me more aware of how restrictive it was in the past.

    The book also addresses class prejudice in American society. We try to deny that classism runs rampant in our country but it is very real.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann E. Mcdonald Captiva, Fl 09-23-14
    Ann E. Mcdonald Captiva, Fl 09-23-14

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    "Good writing"
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    Quindland builds an amazing story with great characters. No violence or sex is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Timberlea, Nova Scotia, Canada 05-04-13
    Sara Timberlea, Nova Scotia, Canada 05-04-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Just Okay"

    This was an interesting story but I found that it lacked depth and the ending left me unsatisfied. I thought that Joan Allen did a great job of narrating and I did like the characters. I would recommend this story to someone who is looking for an interesting story that you don't have think too hard about.

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    Marla Adams Center, NY, United States 12-05-11
    Marla Adams Center, NY, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Great listen!"

    I would recommend to a friend, really enjoyed listen to this book. I have also enjoy other books by Anna Quindlen, I like her writing style, the characters are really and believable.

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    Christine Clayton, NC, United States 02-27-11
    Christine Clayton, NC, United States 02-27-11
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    "Good Listen!"

    Can't never go wrong with this author! Made me want to keep listening to find out ending...but a little disappointing. But great story worth the listen.

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    08-03-07
    08-03-07
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    "Excellent"

    Sweet, flawed characters to cheer for and fall in love with. Love *LOVE* Joan Allen's performance - she really brings it to life.

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    dbldeac 03-10-05
    dbldeac 03-10-05
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    "Fantastic"

    I love "longitudional" novels where you get to know characters from the present time and flashbacks from the past. This novel gives a wonderful flavor for what life was like for a very strong woman of privilege who comes of age during World War II. In present time, she finds herself puzzled by single parenthood, casual language and the trappings of modern life...until a tiny baby teaches her again about love. The book is simply fascinating and the characters are rich and believable. I walked around with my iPod around my neck for days...a lovely boook, beautifully narrated.

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    Susan Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-21-05
    Susan Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-21-05
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    "A Very Moving Story"

    I find myself thinking of this book often. You really get to know the characters, and want them to succeed. It is beautifully written and narrated.

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    Pamela Loveland, CO, USA 04-17-03
    Pamela Loveland, CO, USA 04-17-03
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    "Exceptional"

    I couldn't wait to take my morning walk, so I could listen to this book. Her descriptions of people, places, and things put detailed pictures in my mind. I felt as if I had been there. A must-listen book. Now that I have finished it, I want to listen to it again, paying attention to each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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