Small Blessings

Small Blessings

3.58 (4,205 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 
Free delivery worldwide Expected delivery to the United States in 15-18 business days.
Not ordering to the United States? Click here.
Order now for expected delivery to the United States by Christmas Order now for expected delivery to the United States by Christmas

Description

Torn Putnam has resigned himself to a quiet and half-fulfilled life. An English professor in a sleepy college town, he spends his days browsing the Shakespeare shelves at the campus bookstore, managing his department's oddball faculty, and caring for his wife Marjory, a fragile shut-in with unrelenting neuroses, a condition exacerbated by her discovery of Tom's brief affair with a visiting poetess a decade earlier. Then, one evening at the bookstore, Tom and Marjory meet Rose Callahan, the shop's charming new hire, and Marjory invites Rose to their home for dinner. Her first social interaction since her breakdown, om wonders if it's a sign that change is on the horizon-a feeling confirmed when he receives a letter from his former paramour, informing him he'd fathered a son who is heading Tom's way on a train. His mind races at the possibility of having a family after so many years of loneliness. And it becomes clear change is coming whether Tom's ready or not.
A heartwarming story with a charmingly imperfect cast of characters to cheer for, Small Blessings's wonderfully optimistic heart that reminds us that sometimes, when it feels like life has veered irrevocably off track, the track shifts in ways we never can have imagined.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 141 x 210 x 22mm | 274g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250040531
  • 9781250040534
  • 77,849

About Martha Woodroof

Martha Woodroof was born in the South, went to college in New England, ran away to Texas for a while, then fetched up in Virginia. She has written for NPR, NPR.org, Marketplace, and Weekend America, and for the Virginia Foundation for Humanities Radio Feature Bureau. Her essays have appeared in 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.
show more

Rating details

4,205 ratings
3.58 out of 5 stars
5 17% (700)
4 39% (1,658)
3 32% (1,340)
2 9% (388)
1 3% (119)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X