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The Blessings

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The Blessings

When John Blessing dies, leaving behind two small children, the loss reverberates across his extended family for years to come. His young widow, Lauren, finds solace in her large clan of in-laws, while his brother’s wife Kate pursues motherhood even at the expense of her marriage. John’s teenage nephew Stephen finds himself involved in an act of petty theft that takes a surprising turn, and nephew Alex, a gifted student, travels to Spain and considers the world beyond his family’s Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood. Through departures and arrivals, weddings and reunions, THE BLESSINGS reveals the struggles beneath the surface of a close-knit Irish-Catholic family and the rituals that unite them.

For any reader who has embraced Elizabeth Strout’s Burgess family or J. Courtney Sullivan’s Kellehers of Maine, this is a moving and beautiful novel about how our families define us and how we shape them in return.

The Blessings
by Elise Juska

  • Publication Date: May 26, 2015
  • Genres: Fiction, Women's Fiction
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1455574023
  • ISBN-13: 9781455574025