A Novel

Book - 2002
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This powerful new novel by the bestselling author ofBlack and Blue,One True Thing,Object Lessons, andA Short Guide to a Happy Lifebegins 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 whomThe Washington Post Book Worldsaid, "Quindlen knows that all the things we ever will be can be found in some forgotten fragment of family."
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2002.
ISBN: 9780375502231
Characteristics: 226 pages ;,25 cm.


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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.

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.

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!

Jan 25, 2011

She is a wonderful author.

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