Small Blessings is up for the Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award… please vote early and often
Martha Woodroof. St. Martin’s, $25.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-04052-7
“Woodroof nails the debut novel: This warm, wise tale leaves a smile long after the final page is turned.” —People Magazine

This book is a charmer: quirky, clear-hearted and effervescent.” —


Paperback is coming May 5th from Picador!Small Blessings_tp

“A warm, caring and thoroughly entertaining debut that reads remarkably well.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Along with dark humor and a confident command of story, strong characters and absurdist twists add to the fun.” —Publishers Weekly

“A delightful tale about what happens when good intentions go well.” —Good Housekeeping

“In Small Blessings, Woodroof displays a lovely gift for inventive plot turns and glittering moments. The novel brims with life and complexity and characters who never stop surprising themselves, and each other. This is a delightful and splendidly intelligent comedy.” —Margot Livesey,  New York Times bestselling author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy

Small Blessings is a comedy of manners that will capture your heart. Woodroof’s prose is tart and sweet — smart enough to make you laugh, but with an aching soul that will make you cry. I loved these characters even as I was chuckling at the, and I know Rose and Tom are a couple you’ll relish rooting for…Get ready for pure pleasure shot through with moments of illumination: maybe this is how love really is.” —Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine

“In the world of Small Blessings, to choose happiness is to take a risk… Optimistic, wise, and beautifully written, this book about love in all its colors, hope, and the glory of third chances will stay with you long after you close the cover.”—Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of A Grown Up Kind of Pretty

Order Small Blessings here! (indiebound) and here! (amazon) and here! (Barnes & Noble)


Okay, so I’m up for the Library of Virginia’s annual People’s Choice Award. Along with John Grisham. (And Lydia Netzer, Donna Andrews and Jeffrey Johnson, as well … but … but John Grisham!)

Surely being nominated for the same award as  an author whose book sales are estimated at 325 million copies (give or take a few thousand) makes me really, truly, red hot stuff.

I immediately sent Mr. Grisham a letter saying my Small Blessings was going to clean his Gray Mountain’s clock.

The letter came back unopened. Some factotum must not have recognized my name on the return address. I mean, don’t you agree that no other explanation makes sense?

author tshirtI have been careful to move modestly through my late-blooming literary success. My daughter, Liz Gipson, sent me a bright turquoise t-shirt emblazoned in gold with the word “Author.” I have yet to wear to out of the house. (Well, except accidentally one time, on a stealth visit to B & N to see if Small Blessings was in stock.) That’s just the kind of shy, retiring, unassuming person I am. (Oh dear, I smell smoke. I do believe my pants are on fire.)

So anyway, last week Charlie and I took off for the Waynesboro Public Library to give a reading; 7 p.m, in the Children’s Activity Room. We got there fifteen minutes early and went right to the venue as I very much enjoy chatting with early arrivals at book events. (This statement, I assure you, does not further inflame the conflagrative pants).

Surprise! Surprise! No one was there.

No one was there at a few minutes to seven either.

The room, being the children’s activity room, had a toy box. The ever resourceful Charlie got busy. By seven, I had a nice audience. Its members, I do have to say, weren’t much into asking questions, but wow, did they ever listen attentively.




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