Blessings by Anna Quindlen, Random House, 226 pages
AQ weaves an interesting story about a place (the house is called Blessings after the family that has lived there), about the old way of life, about how it clashes with the new way. The novel begins with a child left in the doorstep in the middle of the night and found in the morning and what ensues. Readers of Quindlen will recognize her characteristic graceful prose, keen power of observation and an economical way of laying it on paper. Blessings has some traces of her popular book One True Thing. Though it isn't as punchy and dramatic and touching as One True Thing, this is a good read with its fairy-tale like setting.
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The story begins with a teenage couple driving up to Blessings, the estate owned by Lydia Blessing. They leave a newborn baby girl in a box and take off. In this instant, the world of Blessings is changed forever.
Skip Cuddy is the caretaker of the estate, finds the baby asleep in the box and decidses he would like to keep her. Lydia Blessing decides for her own reasons, that she will help him.
Later on though, Skip Cuddy will have to confront the authorities and the natural mother decides to return to the scene after all.
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