Erica Crile, Jenna Stark, Julie Kong, Laura Reinhardt, Meghan DiJoseph
November 18, 2007
Relationships are means by which an individual learns
who she is.
Through personal experiences, whether positive or negative, a person learns how to react to
certain situations, and in turn, sees her reflection in the way she reacts. Relationships and
experiences help an individual grow and evolve. Parent-child relationships are especially
tremendous in the way that they can foster and transform a person’s identity. Through a child’s
dependency, these special relationships provide the parent with meaning, purpose, and direction.
In Anna Quindlen’s
the two main characters, Skip Cuddy and Lydia Blessing, upon
finding an abandoned baby on the estate of Blessings, decide to foster the baby, who was later
named Faith, as their own. While doing so, they grow and evolve in a tremendous way.
through Faith’s dependency and love that Skip and Lydia come to terms with their internal
conflicts in order to find meaning, purpose, and direction in a world of isolation. Through Skip’s
love for Faith, he challenges what society believes should be a parent-child relationship.
Simultaneously, Lydia struggles with her relationship with Faith as a result of her inability to
cope with contemporary child-rearing methods. Above all, both transgress their hardships
through the power of their unconventional family in order to find hope in a brighter future.
In order to understand the context of
it may be beneficial to know somewhat
about the life of its author, Anna Quindlen. She was born on July 8, 1952, in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. She was the first of five children of an Irish management consultant from West