Small Blessings

Readers who loved Major Pettigrew's Last Stand will adore this inspiring debut of a small-town college professor, a remarkable bookshop girl, and the ten-year old son he never knew he had. Tom Putnam, an English professor at a Virginia women's college, has resigned himself to a quiet and half-fulfilled life. For more than ten years, his wife Marjory has been a shut-in, a fragile and frigid woman whose neuroses have left her fully dependent on Tom and his formidable mother-in-law, Agnes Tattle. Tom considers his unhappy condition self-inflicted, since Marjory's condition was exacerbated by her discovery of Tom's brief and misguided affair with a visiting poetess. But when Tom and Marjory meet Rose Callahan, the campus bookstore's charming new hire, and Marjory invites Rose to dinner, her first social interaction in a decade, Tom wonders if it's a sign that change is on the horizon. And when Tom returns home that evening to a letter from the poetess telling him that he'd fathered her son, Henry, and that Henry, now ten, will arrive by train in a few days, it's clear change is coming whether Tom's ready or not.

Product Overview
ISBN 9781250040527
Categories BX, Classics and Literary, Fiction, Literary Fiction, WBD
Author(s) Martha Woodroof
Publisher St Martin's
Pages 320
Format Hardback
Dimensions 16.2cm x 2.8cm x 24.3cm
Weight 0.55 kg
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