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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elise Juska Narrator: Thérèse Plummer Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2014 ISBN: 9781478953371
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When John Blessing dies and leaves behind two small children, the loss reverberates across his extended family for years to come. His young widow, Lauren, finds solace in her large clan of in-laws, while his brother’s wife, Kate, pursues motherhood even at the expense of her marriage. John’s teenage nephew Stephen finds himself involved in an act of petty theft that takes a surprising turn, and nephew Alex, a gifted student, travels to Spain and considers the world beyond his family’s Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood. Through departures and arrivals, weddings and reunions, The Blessings reveals the interior worlds of the members of a close-knit Irish-Catholic family and the rituals that unite them.

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  • “In Juska’s latest, her beautiful storytelling captures the trials and tribulations of the Blessing family. Told from multiple poignant perspectives, Juska’s story touches on matters of the heart and the importance of family. With genuine characters who resonate and a pace that moves along well, this heart-stirring novel is one readers will savor.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • Elise Juska is so good at describing people, places, and moments that you not only picture them, you feel them. Curtis Sittenfeld
  • “Several generations of the Blessings, a Philadelphia-based, Irish American family, come beautifully to life in a deceptively simple tale that examines the foibles, disappointments, and passions that tie family members together…The Blessings rally round each other—whether that attention is wanted or not—and the reader leaves feeling lucky to have spent some time in their presence.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This family saga explores the ups and downs of a close-knit extended Irish American clan in Philadelphia over a couple of decades…This wonderfully readable work about family life will have you eagerly turning pages to find out what happens to characters about whom you really care.”

    Library Journal

  • “The Blessings are a large, close-knit Irish Catholic family. Living within a short radius of Philadelphia, all four generations of the Blessing clan gather together for every life event, no matter how big or small…This heartfelt tribute to the ups and downs of a large, devoted family is warm, uplifting, and recommended for readers from families of all sizes.”


  • “Juska explores the collective experiences, traditions, and loyalties of a close-knit family and the perspectives of individual members as they journey through a span of thirty years…The author has created an ordinary fictitious family and stitched together a multilayered, sympathetic account of its members’ lives.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A May 2014 LibraryReads Pick
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About the Author
Elise Juska's short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and journals; her most recent story, published in The Missouri Review, was cited by The Best American Short Stories 2010. Other stories have appeared in The Hudson Review (Pushcart Prize-nominated), Harvard Review, American Literary Review, Salmagundi, Black Warrior Review, The Seattle Review, Good Housekeeping, The Carolina Quarterly and many other publications.
About the Narrator

Thérèse Plummer is an actor, award-winning voice-over artist, and counselor. She is a four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audio narration. She has appeared in a variety of television and film roles, and, as counselor for adolescents, she spent five years using drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings.