Version: Unabridged
Author: Anna Quindlen
Narrator: Joan Allen
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: September 2002
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 45 minutes
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This powerful new novel by the bestselling author of Black and Blue, One True Thing, Object Lessons, and A Short Guide to a Happy Life begins when a teenage couple drives up, late at night, headlights out, to Blessings, the estate owned by Lydia Blessing. They leave a box and drive away, and in this instant, the world of Blessings is changed forever. Richly written, deeply moving, beautifully crafted, Blessings tells the story of Skip Cuddy, caretaker of the estate, who finds a baby asleep in that box and decides he wants to keep her, and of matriarch Lydia Blessing, who, for her own reasons, decides to help him. The secrets of the past, how they affect the decisions and lives of people in the present; what makes a person, a life, legitimate or illegitimate, and who decides; the unique resources people find in themselves and in a community—these are at the center of this wonderful novel of love, redemption, and personal change by the writer about whom The Washington Post Book World said, "Quindlen knows that all the things we ever will be can be found in some forgotten fragment of family."

Reviews (13)


Written by oodeluph from Middlesex, NJ on August 7th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was a lovely story, what I've becvome used to from Anna Quindlan. The language is lyrical but believable. Her characters grow on you and inside of yu. If one is loking for a small, character driven story, tis is for you. It was BEAUTIFULLY read!


Written by Holly on November 5th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book. Well written, plus the reader was excellent, giving the characters life.

interesting story

Written by Anonymous on September 13th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The storyline was great, but it was a little difficult to keep my interest throughout, especially when you have a pretty good idea of the ending.

Really Good

Written by Anonymous on November 18th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was an amazing book. As the character Lydia looked back and reflected on the events of her life, it made me reflect on my past. It was a very personal story, and it has really affected me for the past week as I listened to it. I have cried many tears and really connected with the characters. I wish it was not quite so sad at times, but overall, it was a good story.

Found myself crying on 1-85

Written by Kristin from Athens, GA on March 8th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Not the kind of book I usually enjoy, I was surprised to become very emotionally involved with the characters of this story. This story is mostly about the relationship between Lydia, a privileged and very uptight elderly woman, and Skip, a down-on-his luck but very likable young man. What I found most interesting was their abilty to relate, yet not to fully trust each other (hence the tears). It was definitely a story of regret and missed opportunities, but it was also full of promise and hope.

Loved it

Written by Anonymous on September 21st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It's beautifully written and read.


Written by Lee Werley on January 16th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5


Awesome Book

Written by Twana Taylor on April 29th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I highly recommend this book. The story is mesmerizing and very touching. I love the way the author addresses human issues such as mortality, deceit, love and hope. The author's writing style is beautiful and a joy to experience. I also listened to "Black & Blue" by Anna Quindlen, she is a gifted story teller.


Written by Anonymous on August 30th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I have to add my voice to my fellow reviewers and give this book two thumbs up. Wonderful characterization, descriptions, and dialogue. The reader did a nice job also. Certainly a worthwhile selction!


Written by Kim Todd from Woodbury, MN on June 22nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The author has a wonderful way of describing settings so you feel you are there (even in the midst of rush hour!). This was a very good book. Sometimes a bit hard to follow with her going back and forth in her mind but ultimately a very thoughtful, interesting story.

Author Details

Author Details

Quindlen, Anna

Over the last 30 years, Anna Quindlen's work has appeared in some of America's most influential newspapers, many of its best-known magazines, and on both fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists. She is a novelist and also writes the prestigious "Last Word" column in Newsweek magazine. Her latest novel, Blessings, is a New York Times bestseller and was recently made into a television movie starring Mary Tyler Moore. Quindlen is currently working on a new collection of essays, Loud and Clear, to be published in April 2004.

A columnist at The New York Times from 1981 to 1994, in 1990 Quindlen became only the third woman in the paper’s history to write a regular column for its influential Op-Ed page when she began the nationally syndicated “Public and Private.” A collection of those columns, Thinking Out Loud, was published by Random House in 1993 and was on The New York Times Best Seller List for more than three months. In 1992 Quindlen won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.

Quindlen joined the Times in 1977 as a general assignment reporter and was named the paper's deputy metropolitan editor in 1983. She wrote the “About New York” column from 1981 to 1983 and created the column, “Life in the 30’s” in 1985.

In 1995 Quindlen left the world of newspapers, which she had joined as a copy girl at age 18, to become a novelist full-time. Quindlen has written four bestselling novels: Object Lessons (1991), One True Thing (1994), Black and Blue (1998) and Blessings (2002). How Reading Changed My Life was released in September 1998 as was One True Thing, a Universal feature film starring Meryl Streep. Black and Blue, which spent six months on The New York Times Best Seller List, was chosen for Oprah’s Book Club, and was made into a television movie. With the release of A Short Guide To A Happy Life in 2000, Quindlen became the first writer ever to have books appear on the fiction, nonfiction, and self-help New York Times Best Seller lists. The book sold close to a million copies.

Quindlen also is the author of a collection of essays, Living Out Loud (1988), and two children's books, The Tree That Came to Stay (1992) and Happily Ever After (1997). She also wrote the text for the coffee table pictorial Naked Babies (1996) and Siblings (1998).

Quindlen holds honorary doctorates from Dartmouth College, Denison University, Moravian College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Stevens Institute of Technology, Bates College, Southern Connecticut State University and was awarded the University Medal of Excellence by Columbia. She was a Poynter Fellow in Journalism at Yale, and a Victoria Fellow in Contemporary Issues at Rutgers. In 1996 she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Arts & Sciences. Glamour magazine named her one of its 10 Outstanding Women of the Year in 1991.

Quindlen is a graduate of Barnard College and was elected Chair of Barnard's Board of Trustees in 2003. She also is on the Council of the Author’s Guild, the Board at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City and the Board of NARAL Foundation. She is a member of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Board of Advocates as well.

Anna Quindlen is married to Gerald Krovatin, an attorney, and is the mother of Quindlen, Christopher and Maria Krovatin. She lives with her family in New York City.