Tom Putnam, an English professor at a Virginia women's college, has resigned himself to a quiet and half-fulfilled life. For more than ten years, his wife Marjory has been a shut-in, a fragile and frigid woman whose neuroses have left her fully dependent on Tom and his formidable mother-in-law, Agnes Tattle. Tom considers his unhappy condition self-inflicted, since Marjory's condition was exacerbated by her discovery of Tom's brief and misguided affair with a visiting poetess. But when Tom and Marjory meet Rose Callahan, the campus bookstore's charming new hire, and Marjory invites Rose to dinner, her first social interaction in a decade, Tom wonders if it's a sign that change is on the horizon. And when Tom returns home that evening to a letter from the poetess telling him that he'd fathered her son, Henry, and that Henry, now ten, will arrive by train in a few days, it's clear change is coming whether Tom's ready or not. Martha Woodroof's Small Blessings is funny, heart-warming and poignant, with a charmingly imperfect cast of cinema-ready characters. Readers will fall in love with the novel's wonderfully optimistic heart that reminds us that sometimes, when it feels like life is veering irrevocably off track, the track changes in ways we never could have imagined.
©2014 Martha Woodroof (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
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"Our Book Club Choice"
I struggled to finish this, a romance novel narrated with annoying southern accents. The unsurprising ending was a relief.
"Quotes don't count"
Writing a novel where the characters think and speak in famous quotes (Shakespearean or otherwise) does not bode well with this listener. Even Lorelei King's amazing performance couldn't save the awkward conversations. Moreover, a story in which virtually every character is self aware is tiresome...especially when their internal dialogue is repeated over again. Spare me. Even the characters that weren't present were self monitoring! Ugh! This was simply awful. Please don't waste your money or time.
A nice story, a romance with literary aspirations. A few too many plot elements to resolve as conveniently as they do in this story, but it's nice to have an uncomplicated happy ending on occasion. Wonderful narration !
"Top listen of the year!"
I didn't read the print edition, so cannot offer any opinion.
I can't pick just one, they were all so wonderful, so human, so quirky in their humanness.
Her ability to give voice to each character was wonderful. She made me "see" them as people in a way few narrators have done.
A perfectly lovely book, a wonderful story, filled with humor, sadness, humanity. I loved this book.
"Sweet and Predictable"
Did not read
The quintessential Boy gets Girl novel.
Love her! She does a nice job on characters and always enjoy her as the Girl Bounty Hunter.
No - it was as expected.
"First book I could not finish"
Unbelievable plot .....adolescent contrived...
Her voice was to animated.....
To many to count ...it was all so unrealistic .... Written as a fairy tale
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