Small Blessings

Small Blessings

Large Print - 2014
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Tom 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 the oddball faculty in his department and caring, alongside his formidable mother-in-law, for his wife Marjory, a fragile shut-in with unrelenting neuroses, a condition exacerbated by her discovery of Tom's brief and misguided 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, out of the blue, her first social interaction since her breakdown. Tom wonders if it's a sign that change is on the horizon, a feeling confirmed upon his return home, where he opens 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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410474377
1410474372
Branch Call Number: LP WOODR-M
Characteristics: large print
587 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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Aug 19, 2016

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EricaReynolds
Jan 12, 2016

A delightful book with endearing characters in a quirky, charming academic setting. A great weekend read.

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queequegs
Nov 16, 2015

A wonderful book--similiar to The Storied Life of AJ Fikry. Highly recommended for book people.

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MissBiz
Mar 18, 2015

A good read, with hope for the future.

LaughingOne Jan 05, 2015

Improbable but delightful story. Two things I took away from reading this are: pay attention; live in the here and now. Not bad as far as lessons go.

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NanCcan
Nov 04, 2014

In a word: Delightful!
This book is thought-provoking without being either philosophical or preachy. You'll find yourself in many - or maybe even all - of the quirky but oh, so loveable characters, and will be amazed at what you are capable of.

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roseymc
Oct 09, 2014

Wonderful book. Not what you expect.

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