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Blessings 1 Erica Crile, Jenna Stark, Julie Kong, Laura Reinhardt, Meghan DiJoseph Professor Turkel WOMS 212-010 November 18, 2007 Blessings Relationships are means by which an individual learns develops to define 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 Blessings 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. It is 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 Blessings, 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
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Blessings 2 Philadelphia and an Italian mother from South Philadelphia, Robert V. and Prudence Quindlen. Anna spent her early childhood in an upper-middle-class neighborhood of Drexel Hill, where she attended Catholic school. She decided early in life that she wanted to be a writer. Anna Quindlen started her career in journalism as a part-time reporter at the New York Post while she was a student at Barnard College, studying English literature. She received a B.A. degree in 1974 and became a full-time employee of the New York Post , where she continued to work for two years. In 1977, Quindlen started a new job at the New York Times as a general assignment and city hall reporter. One year later, Quindlen married Gerald Krovatin, a criminal- defense attorney. After four years, she was promoted to the deputy metropolitan editor and wrote the biweekly column “About New York”. With this promotion she became one of the few women to advance into the editorial ranks of the New York Times . In 1983, Quindlen gave birth to her first son, Quin, and not long after her second son, Christopher, was born.
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