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.” —


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“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)


In celebration of Thanksgiving, I have permission to bring you a couple of my Charlottesville friend Val Matthews’ verses. She is much like her verses, in that she is kind, sprightly, and generally celebratory of life, vicissitudes et al


In the peaceful silence

Broken only by the rustle

Of people, who

Feeling moved to speak –

Rose to their feet.

A father held his little sonval-- quaker wedding

Firmly on his lap.

But wiggling free,

The boy, whose parents

Lived apart, stood bravely,

And speaking clearly, said

“I’m happy you are in love.

I hope it lasts

A long long time.



Another New Year’s Day,

And suddenly a memory

Of far away South Africa

Returns… Very early

One New Year’s morning,

Coming down a steep

City hill – through sleepingval belmont market

Apartment dwellers,

A cheerful African man,

Kicking a can and shouting

“HAPPY New Year!!

Kick – HAPPY New Year!”

Kick – undeterred

By sleepy shouts of protest from all around.

“HAPPY New Year?”

As he disappeared

Into the distance,

Kicking the can.


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