Blessings by Anna Quindlen audiobook

Blessings: A Novel

By Anna Quindlen
Read by Joan Allen

Random House Audio
7.73 Hours Unabridged
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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 forgotten fragment of family.”

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Summary

Summary

One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

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 forgotten fragment of family.”

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Quindlen] treats her protagonists and their hardships with such tenderness it’s impossible not to grow fond of them. Entertainment Weekly
“Quindlen . . . is as concerned with the evolution of her characters as she is with the resolution of their story. . . . Quindlen’s moving and gently humorous depiction of her characters’ transformation is thoroughly persuasive. . . . [Her] immense sympathy for her characters remains intact, but her fidelity to certain truths is paramount. The New York Times Book Review
IMMENSELY APPEALING . . .Quindlen’s fine-tuned ear for the class distinctions of speech results in convincing dialogue. Evoking a bygone patrician world, she endows Blessings with an almost magical aura. . . . The narrative is old-fashioned in a positive way, telling a dramatic story through characters who develop and change, and testifying to the triumph of human decency when love is permitted to grow and flourish. . . . [A] feel-good novel, a book that will appeal to the entire family. Publishers Weekly
“Quindlen finds a wealth of material in the juxtaposition of two very different lives, moving between lush descriptions of a faille dress in a Park Avenue club library and the incongruous smell of baby wipes in a dive bar. These satisfying details heighten the reader’s emotional stake in Skip and Lydia’s subtly drawn relationship. Vogue
“Readers . . . will be rewarded by a story they cannot put down. BookPage
“A well–told story of love and redemption, one that is not based on the passion of a man for a woman but on the affection and understanding that develops between people of very different backgrounds who are brought together by a baby named Faith and a house called Blessings. The Washington Post Book World
“Anna Quindlen is America’s Resident Sane Person. She has what Joyce called the common touch, the ability to speak to many people about what’s on their minds before they have the vaguest idea what’s on their minds. The New York Times
A polished gem of a novel . . . lovingly crafted, beautifully written. The Miami Herald
“A WELL-TOLD STORY OF LOVE AND REDEMPTION. The Washington Post Book World
“[A] RICHLY IMAGINED NOVEL OF THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF LOVE. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“EARNEST, DETAILED, AND COMFORTING . . . [Quindlen] delivers . . . on the promise of her title. Los Angeles Times
“Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist Anna Quindlen’s unquestionable skill is evident in this intensely emotional read…At the center of this gripping read is a tiny infant with the power to heal the most hardened of hearts.” RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

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Author

Author Bio: Anna Quindlen

Author Bio: Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers list. She is the author of several novels. While a journalist, her New York Times column “Public and Private” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. Her column appears regularly in Newsweek.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 7.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English