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Blessings by Anna Quindlen
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Jul 01, 2009

it was ok
Read in July, 2009

I have always enjoyed Anna Quindlen's columns in The New York Times and Newsweek. I once read her described as "the last sane person" and agreed strongly. The novel is not yet profound but enjoyable, particularly for those who enjoy family history, even someone else's.
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Now, having finished the book, I am disappointed. The book begins with promise, but the "family mysteries" are evident early on and the "big reveal" is lacklustre and the conclusion is overlong and kind of aimless.
The book's primary boon is a warm-hearted description of how much fun it can be to have a baby around and its potential to change people.
The main character's evolution -- due to the baby, the place and the old lady -- is pleasing to see. Mrs. Blessing's character is reminiscent of some "grande dames" I've known in Westchester and the familiarity bred affection.
A gentle work, with some insight, but far from insightful.
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Michelle This was my tiny goodreads review (it won't spoil anything for you. I apparently wasn't feeling wordy that day):


Evan Brandt So you never told me if you liked the Bryson.

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