A GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD 2014!
THE RESURRECTION OF TESS BLESSING MADE ME FEEL GOOD ABOUT MY LIFE AND MY FAMILY. TESS COMES FROM A DISFUNCTIONAL FAMILY – WHO DOESN’T?! BUT SHE AND HER SISTER BOTH HAVE IMAGINARY FRIENDS (EVEN IN ADULTHOOD), SEE SHRINKS, HAVE PANIC ATTACKS, PARANOIA, PHOBIAS AND OBSESSIONS/COMPULSIONS. TESS’S DAUGHTER HAS ANOREXIA AND TESS IS SURE HER HUSBAND IS CHEATING ON HER WITH HIS COWORKER/HOSTESS WHO HE LEFT AT THE ALTER TO MARRY TESS. CAN LIFE REALLY GET SO SCREWED UP?!
WHEN TESS FINDS OUT SHE HAS BREAST CANCER AND BEGINS THE JOURNEY TO RECOVERY, SHE WRITES A BUCKET LIST OF THINGS SHE MUST “RIGHT” BEFORE SHE DIES INCLUDING GETTING HER DAUGHTER A BETTER THERAPIST, GETTING HER SON VOCATIONAL COUNSELING, CONVINCING HER HUSBAND TO LOVE HER AGAIN AND BURYING HER MOTHER ONCE AND FOR ALL! DANCE THE TANGO WITH TESS TO SEE HOW MUCH IN HER LIFE SHE CAN “RIGHT” BEFORE SHE REACHES #8 ON HER LIST – DIE. YOU WILL BE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED WITH HOW MUCH THIS WOMAN CAN ACCOMPLISH!
After she’s diagnosed with breast cancer, forty-nine-year old Tess sets forth on a mission to complete her TO-DO List before, what she’s sure is, her impending death. She needs to make peace with her estranged sister, Birdie, scatter her mother’s long-kept ashes, rescue her daughter, Haddie, from the grip of an eating disorder, guide her teenage son, Henry, through a bumpy adolescence, and reignite the spark in her almost thirty-year marriage to her husband, Will.
Tess is aided on her quest by narrator, Grace, who lends the story its most brilliant elements: subtle magical realism and deep psychological complexity. Is Grace an imaginary friend, guardian angel, or a part of Tess that knows better than she? The Resurrection of Tess Blessing is by turns poignant, gritty, spiritually uplifting, and hilarious as hell.
Lesley Kagen has created an unforgettable, redemptive story about a middle-aged woman with the odds stacked against her, who discovers that in the end, love really does conquer all.
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