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Tom Putnam, an English professor at a Virginia womens 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 Marjorys condition was exacerbated by her discovery of Toms brief and misguided affair with a visiting poetess. But when Tom and Marjory meet Rose Callahan, the campus bookstores charming new hire, and Marjory invites Rose to dinner, her first social interaction in a decade, Tom wonders if its a sign that change is on the horizon. And when Tom returns home that evening to a letter from the poetess telling him that hed fathered her son, Henry, and that Henry, now ten, will arrive by train in a few days, its clear change is coming whether Toms ready or not.
Martha Woodroof's Small Blessings is funny, heart-warming and poignant, with a charmingly imperfect cast of cinema-ready characters. Readers will fall in love with the novels wonderfully optimistic heart that reminds us that sometimes, when it feels like life is veering irrevocably off track, the track changes in ways we never could have imagined.

About the Author

MARTHA WOODROOF was born in the South, went to boarding school and college in New England, ran away to Texas for a while, then fetched up in Virginia. She has written for NPR,, Marketplace and Weekend America, and for the Virginia Foundation for Humanities Radio Feature Bureau. Her print essays have appeared in such newspapers as the New York Times, The Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives with her husband in the Shenandoah Valley. Their closest neighbors are cows.

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Woodroof, Martha
MacMillan Audio
Literature-A to Z
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10 CDs, 12 hours

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