The Resurrection of Tess Blessing by Lesley Kagen – Review

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The Resurrection of Tess Blessing by Lesley Kagen – ReviewThe Resurrection of Tess Blessing on December 9, 2014
Pages: 386
Format: Paperback
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After she's diagnosed with breast cancer, forty-nine-year old Tess Blessing 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?

Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author, Lesley Kagen, has created an unforgettable, redemptive story that is by turns poignant, gritty, spiritually uplifting, and funny as hell.

The Resurrection of Tess Blessing by Lesley Kagen is a delightfully poignant read. That probably sounds strange, but it’s true. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a book like this. There were times I was laughing even during the sad parts. Tess tries to use her humor to cover up for a lot of things. Tess’s story is beautiful and Lesley has a lyrical way of writing it that really pulls you into the story and into the characters’ lives. The Resurrection of Tess Blessing by Lesley Kagen will definitely pull at your heartstrings – and still leave you with a smile on your face. This is a story with all the feels – good and bad. Tess is such a relatable character. I wanted to reach into the book and hug her.

I liked this one a whole lot. If you’re looking for a feel-good, crying-the-good tears read, then The Resurrection of Tess Blessing by Lesley Kagen is it. It is my first introduction to Lesley Kagen’s work, and I definitely want to read more by her.

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars


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