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Author of SMALL BLESSINGS, on sale 8/12/14, MARTHA WOODROOF was born in the South, went to boarding school and college in New England, ran away to Texas for a while, then fetched up in Virginia. She has written for NPR,, Marketplace and Weekend America, and for the Virginia Foundation for Humanities Radio Feature Bureau. Her print essays have appeared in such newspapers as the New York Times, The Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Small Blessings is her debut novel. She lives with her husband in the Shenandoah Valley. Their closest neighbors are cows.

Golly, it’s been a long time since I posted.

I feel a bit as though I’m coming up for air now that Small Blessings is two months into its published existence, and it’s all right for me to get back to thinking. My second novel is at a point where I need a week away from it (novels, like fields, need fallow periods), so it came to me that I should post something on my blog/website.

So, thinks I, wh...

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August 2014, Martha Woodroof
"This NPR contributor's first novel, Small Blessings, tells the tale of a mild-mannered professor who discovers he has a ten-year-old son—arriving on the Monday train." ...More

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