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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 »
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ISBN-13: 9780812969818
ISBN-10: 0812969812
Publication Date: 8/19/2003
Pages: 256
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 257 ratings
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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FosterAdopt avatar reviewed Blessings on
Helpful Score: 14
have you ever read a book so good that you didn't read anything else for a couple of days just to keep that feeling you get when you read a piece of literary art? This was one of those books for me.
To say I truly enjoyed it would be an understatement.
Bookfanatic avatar reviewed Blessings on
Helpful Score: 8
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.
thameslink avatar reviewed Blessings on + 721 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
A well-told story of love and redemption. I enjoyed it greatly.
reviewed Blessings on + 26 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
A wonderfully written book that I liked for its story of family, love, and friendship.
reviewed Blessings on + 38 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
A beautiful, moving, well crafted novel that will leave you pondering the deeper meaning of what "family" means, and how love can grow between the most unlikely people. Savor the descriptions, the prose, and the feeling in every line.
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joeysweeps avatar reviewed Blessings on + 15 more book reviews
Blessings is a beautifully written book about two characters whose lives become intertwined by the abandonment of a newborn. The book addresses issues of class and can people really change the economic class into which they are born. One main character is a miserly older woman who feels "the world has lost its compass." Throughout the book, she becomes melancholic and evaluates her life or rather not living her life due to societal demands. Towards the end, she observes "what a soft patina the passage of time gives." It is only with the passage of time, is she able to figure out some of the secrets of her upbringing and come to grips with family ties. The other main character is a young man who wants to improve his circumstances and do the right thing in spite of an impoverished, dysfunctional background. The novel is short at only 226 pages. It is a great read without being overtly philosophical, it compels one to think about the meaning of life and relationships.
nannybebette avatar reviewed Blessings on + 23 more book reviews
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.
xmascarol avatar reviewed Blessings on + 261 more book reviews
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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