The Blessings

The Blessings
Author: Elise Juska
Pages: 272
ISBN10: 1455574031
Genre: Fiction
Goodreads Rating: 3.73
ISBN13: 9781455574032
Published: May 6th 2014 by Grand Central Publishing

When John Bing dies and leaves behind two small children, the loss reverberates across his extended family for years to come. His young widow, Lauren, finds solace in her large clan of in-laws, while his brother's wife Kate pursues motherhood even at the expense of her marriage.

John's teenage nephew Stephen finds himself involved in an act of petty theft that takes a surprising turn, and nephew Alex, a gifted student, travels to Spain and considers the world beyond his family's Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood. Through departures and arrivals, weddings and reunions, The Bings reveals the interior worlds of the members of a close-knit Irish-Catholic family and the rituals that unite them.