Blessings by Anna Quindlen

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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.”

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About Anna Quindlen

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ANNA QUINDLEN is the author of three bestselling novels, Object Lessons, One True Thing, and Black and Blue. Her New York Times column “Public & Private” won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, and a selection of those columns was published as Thinking Out Loud. She is also the author of a collection of her “Life in the 30’s”columns, Living Out Loud; a book for the Library of Contemporary Thought, How Reading Changed My Life; the bestselling A Short Guide to a Happy Life; and two children’s books, The Tree That Came to Stay and Happily Ever After. She is currently a columnist for Newsweek and lives with her husband and children in New York City.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published January 1, 2003 by HUTCHINSON. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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When Skip stumbles upon a newborn baby girl who's been abandoned at Blessings, he suddenly has a purpose in life.

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When a frightened unwed teenager leaves her newborn by Skip's garage apartment (instead of the estate's front door, as planned), Skip finds a new lease on life in taking care of the infant.

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Book Reporter

When Charles "Skip" Cuddy is released from county jail and goes to work for octogenarian Lydia Blessing, he has no idea what a task he has undertaken.

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Entertainment Weekly

Two misunderstood people -- an elderly, wealthy widow living a cloistered life on her estate and its young, just-out-of-prison caretaker -- embark on an unlikely friendship when a baby is abandoned on their doorstep.

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The driver was in such a hurry that he abandoned the baby in front of the garage instead of the house proper, and the young handyman recently out of jail was the one to discover the baby, still alive.

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Deseret News

Although Anna Quindlen left the New York Times in 1995 to write novels full time, she is still better known for her prescient commentary than her novels.

Sep 29 2002 | Read Full Review of Blessings


An unwanted newborn is abandoned on the steps of Blessings, a lavish family estate occupied by the elderly Lydia Blessing, stoic and set in her ways.

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Birmingham Public Library

Each finds in the others resolution or redemption for his or her respective pasts: the baby finds a devoted father in Skip, Skip empties all his pent-up affection onto the baby, and Mrs. Blessing becomes the mother she never was to her own daughter.

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Small World Reads Blog

A little "Secret Garden" in the sense of Elizabeth working on a garden.

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