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Author: Anna Quindlen
Lydia Blessing is 80 years old, and her mind drifts into the past of her impeccably WASP-y family--a past that includes her miserably married parents, her gay brother who committed suicide, her own bad marriage, and a strain of Jewish blood. Lydia figures her life is essentially over. And then she finds a baby on her doorstep.... — Blessings, the...  more
ISBN-13: 9780812969818
ISBN-10: 0812969812
Publication Date: 8/19/2003
Pages: 256
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3.6 stars, based on 241 ratings
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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A moving tale of a lonely old woman with many secrets looking back at her long life and a responsible kind ex-convict and the abandoned baby that connects them together. I didn't care much for the ending but the story is worth reading.
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A wonderfully written book that I liked for its story of family, love, and friendship.
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A well-told story of love and redemption. I enjoyed it greatly.

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This is the story of Lydia Blessings, an elderly woman who lives alone in a large house. She has a gardener and handyman, Skip, who lives in an apartment above the garage. She also employs a cranky maid, Nadine.
One night Skip finds a newborn baby lying in a box on his doorstep. He wants to keep the baby so he attempts to hide her from everyone. But soon Lydia and Nadine find out about the her. Eventually they begin to see their lives transformed by the influence of this tiny creature. Lydia especially finds her own heart softening and begins to relive past memories of her own childhood as well as her daughter's.
The message I found while reading this book is the old adage that "no man is an island" or "it takes a village".
Lydia has become a recluse but upon learning about the baby she watches Sip as he goes about his work with the baby attached to him. The more she watches, the more she opens up. And as she begins to open up her world enlarges and she becomes not so distant.
I really enjoyed this little novel and had a very warm and fuzzy feeling after the read.
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What a nice surprise to find a book that I couldn't put down! I recommend it for anyone who loves to read.
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A touching book with lyrical descriptions, Blessings chronicles the unlikely convergence of several people through a single event which causes the gradual eroding of barriers. Struggling to reconcile their individual pasts and class differences, the characters struggle to transcend their insecurities and the unspoken judgments of others. A quick and enjoyable read.