From debut novelist Martha Woodroof comes an inspiring tale
of a small-town college professor, a remarkable new woman at the bookshop, and
the ten-year-old son he never knew he had.
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
Then, one evening at the bookstore, Tom and Marjory meet Rose
Callahan, the shop’s charming new hire. Out of the blue, Marjory invites Rose to their home
for dinner—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 that 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’ wonderfully optimistic heart reminds us that sometimes, when it feels like
life has veered irrevocably off-track, the track shifts in ways we never could have imagined. Download and start listening now!