SMALL BLESSINGS final coverReviews 
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.” —Oprah.com

“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)

9/1/14

Well, here I am, back at home in the cow pasture after an honest-to-gosh book tour.

me in greensboroThis included a stop in my hometown of Greensboro, NC, where as a thirteen-year-old, I briefly participated in the first Woolworth sit-in. I bought a leather band with a plastic peace symbol in the gift shop in that building which is now a Civil Rights museum. I plan on wearing it for quite a while.

I didn’t know what to expect on a book tour. Charlie came with me, and most of it we spent in the car getting from one glorious Indie bookshop to another. The hotels in which St. Martins put us up  were much tonier than any would have likely stayed in on our own … having both been flat broke a time or two in our lives. I met truly lovely folks, and increased my long-abiding admiration for all the people who work so hard to keep Indie bookstores there so that the rest of us may congregate in them.

One thing too me by surprise, however. I somehow wasn’t prepared to have people listen to me read from my novel, Small Blessings, as attentively and, seemingly, appreciatively as I’ve listened to other authors read from theirs. It was an unexpected delight to see my beloved characters come alive in the faces of others, see folks smile and laugh, worry and feel compassion for those fictional people, just as I do.

I’ve so far resisted making any sappy references to my novel’s title, but what the heck! I think I have to officially count that unexpected response as rather a large blessing…

 

 

 

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