The Blessings

The Blessings

Book - 2014
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"Bursting with wise observations." -J. Courtney Sullivan, author of The Engagements and Maine
"Gleams like a jewel." -The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Stunning. . . Unique and unforgettable." - Glamour
Hailed by Stewart O'Nan as "deft and tender" and as one of the best books of 2014 by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Elise Juska's THE BLESSINGS is an extraordinary novel about an ordinary family. The Blessings rally around one another in times of celebration and those of sorrow, coming together for departures and arrivals, while its members harbor private struggles and moments of personal joy. College student Abby ponders homesickness in her first semester away from her Philadelphia home, while her cousin Stephen commits a petty act of violence that takes a surprising turn, and their aunt Lauren faces a crisis in her storybook marriage she could never have foreseen. Through the lens of one unforgettable family, this beautifully moving novel explores how our families define us and how we shape them in return.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2014.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781455574032
1455574031
Characteristics: 262 p.

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EmilyEm
Jul 29, 2015

The lives of individuals in the Blessing family over a twenty-year period are chronicled in profiles told from their own viewpoints.
Wonderful characterizations of a middle class Irish-Catholic family from Philadelphia whose lives all experience change over time.

madison382 Jul 13, 2014

The Blessings is one of the best novel about family I have read in a long time. Elise Juska really knows how to tell a story.

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