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The Blessings by Elise Juska & A Year Of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman

Now that the family is gone – kids back to school - you have time on your own to read on the dock these last days of summer 

The Blessings by Elise Juska

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This lovely little book takes place in Philadelphia in our own time. We enter into the world of the Blessing family – siblings Patrick, Ann, Margie and John. They are the parents of several children- each with their own story.

Each of us will bring our own experience with our own family to our reading of this book – as we read we will recognize ourselves and our own families in this story.

This is a family that gathers to celebrate birthdays and graduations – they phone each other – they are close. They have expectations but are also forgiving – they always support each other. It sounds ideal – but there are secrets – marriages that are not so happy. Children who are not so successful at finding their place in the world. There is the sad death of a young husband and father. There is the eating disorder of a struggling daughter. There is a husband who gambles.

Lives, perhaps not too unlike our own. Seemed a simple little book at the beginning – ended up being a treasure.

A Year Of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman

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One of my favourite books a couple of summers ago was Sarah Winman’s novel When God Was a Rabbit. She is back with a new book set in the past, just after the Second World War, in England. We meet a woman, Marvellous Ways, now in her ninetieth year – and we share her memories of war, the First and the Second. We also meet a young man who has lost his way on his return from the war. When their lives connect their stories move forward together, as each re-visits the past.

A Year of Marvellous Ways is a book about loss, the fear of forgetting and an affirmation of what it is about life that makes it worth carrying on. It is a story that will stay with you long after you have finished reading the book.

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