Late one night, a
teenage couple drives up to the big white clapboard home on the Blessing estate
and leaves a box. In that instant, the lives of those who live and work there
are changed forever. Skip Cuddy, the caretaker, finds a baby girl asleep in
that box and decides he wants to keep the child…while Lydia Blessing, the
matriarch of the estate, for her own reasons, agrees to help him.
explores how the secrets of the past affect decisions and lives in the present;
what makes a person or a life legitimate or illegitimate and who decides; and
the unique resources people find in themselves and in a community. This is a
powerful novel of love, redemption, and personal change by the Pulitzer Prize–winning
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.” Download and start listening now!