Author:  Anna Quindlen            blessings
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Adult Fiction
Source:  Purchased



Goodreads:  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.

Ope’s Opinion:  I have had the privilege of hearing Anna Quindlen speak.  I have read her non-fiction books.  Now I have read her fiction. I think her fiction is my least favorite.  I felt like her sentences ran on too long for me to keep up with what she was talking about ( maybe it was me ).

I did like the basic story Anna Quindlen was telling.  Her idea for this book was an awesome one. I just kept getting lost in the descriptive details.  It just moved too slowly for me.

The back story was necessary to understand why each person reacted the way they did, but it seemed to be most of the book.  I wish this part had been a bit shorter.

I think I will look for a non-fiction from Quindlen for my next read of hers.


Rating: Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.
3 chairs





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