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"Kagen deftly illustrates her gift for blending the serious and the funny, the light and the dark. With a touch of magical realism, she once again creates a story that is as hopeful as it is poignant."
---Diane Chamberlain, international bestselling author of Necessary Lies

 Kagen's talent shines in this wholly original and richly imagined story where unbearable heartache is softened with humor and a touch of magic."
---Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Me

 "Read The Resurrection of Tess Blessing, but don't read it in public because it'll yank the emotions out of you. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and by the end you'll be Tess Blessing's best friend."
---Cathy Lamb, bestselling author of What I Remember Most

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Lesley Kagen has created an unforgettable, redemptive story about a middle-aged woman with the odds stacked against her, who discovers that in the end...love really does conquer all.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: SparkPress; 1 edition (December 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940716551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940716558
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lesley Kagen has been praised for her ability to tell a compelling tale through a child's eyes. In her latest, she surpasses herself by giving voice to a now adult character. Ms Kagen is unparalleled in her ability to capture true human nature. You either "know" the character or you "are" the character. Her writing is that skillful. Her books are works of art and Ms Kagen is a master of her art.
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Lesley Kagen is a terrific storyteller who knows how to get to the heart of her characters. Events of the past have damaged Tess Blessing, and though many would crumble beneath a history such as hers, Tess refuses to buckle. Willful and strong, Tess works through the minefields of her psyche to build and maintain a normal life, but when she receives news about her health that leaves her stunned, something happens. Is it real? Is it her imagination? Or could it be both? But one thing is for certain -- Tess blessing is real -- she could be your sister, your neighbor, or your best friend.

Kagen's talent shines in this wholly original and richly imagined story where heartbreak is softened with humor and a touch of magic.
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Lesley Kagen's largest skill as a writer is her unique, funny, poignant voice. It's just so unmistakably hers alone. In The Ressurrection of Tess Blessing, Kagen's voice is on the front burner, highlighted by a unique dual narrator: Grace and Tess tell this story. Grace is Tess' imaginary friend, a carryover from childhood. When she stares at middle age with all the familiar problems: a stale marriage, two troubled teenagers, her estranged sister and now, breast cancer, she sets out repair the wrongs in her life before what she believes to be her impending death. Tess is so real, funny and heartwarming, you'll find yourself wishing you knew her in real life. You'll feel like you have a new best friend. A fabulous read, I highly recommend!
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I'm not at all surprised that Amazon is already sold out of the original stock of this fantastic novel! The perfect read for anyone who has (or knows someone who has) struggled with a rocky point in a marriage, challenging teenagers, or a health scare. Kagen has masterfully woven these elements into a story full of drama, surprises, and magical moments. After reading, I am even more convinced that her books should be turned into a movie -- touching, entertaining, funny. It's all there. Order yours now so you can get started as soon as you can!!!
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In this season of giving thanks and remembering those we love with a gift from the heart~thank you, Lesley, for this gift from your heart to your devoted readers. The Resurrection of Tess Blessing is a beautifully written, tug-at-your heart novel which invites you to follow Tess on her life's journey. You will find yourself being Tess' personal cheerleader. Take a pause and treat yourself to yet another of Lesley Kagen's superb literary creations.
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Kagen is an amazing writer and here is why...she makes you feel the stories deep down into your bones, into your soul.

Her newest novel is about a woman who receives terrible news and sets out to try to make right the things in her life that are wrong. Her marriage is not the same, her daughter is going through some hard times, her son rarely speaks and her sister, well, her sister is a whole different story. When an unexpected friend enters her life, she is able to set forth with her check list and an unyielding determination that is both moving and heartbreaking. With the most emotionally brilliant story to date Tess takes you on a journey that touches on family dynamics, illness, and the strength that comes from having a friend by your side. Never predictable, with a story that you want to both savor and devour, The Resurrection of Tess Blessing is a book that will resonate with you long after you finish reading. 5 stars and a book club MUST read!!!
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No one gets through this life alone. We all need someone to help us along. Whether it's a sister, or a husband, a son or a daughter, or even an IF~~an Imaginary Friend (perhaps a Guardian Angel) who comes to us just when we need them the most. Right now, Tess Blessing needs all the help she can get.

Forty-Nine year old Tess has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. She's convinced she's going to die but before she does, she has a to-do list that needs done. On that list, helping her daughter who suffers from an eating disorder; helping her son to find his way in life; reuniting with her estranged sister (who has a myriad of issues of her own); and rekindling her marriage with her husband whom she is convinced is having a fling with one of the waitresses at the restaurant that the Blessing family owns. Not to mention stopping to buy broccoli.

With all of these very serious issues going on within the family (breast cancer, eating disorder, gambling, infidelity, and post-traumatic stress disorder) it is no wonder that Tess needs Grace in her life right now. Who's Grace? Grace, who by appearance is a splitting image of Calpurnia, a character from Tess's favorite book, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, a book that she carries with her in her lucky purse everywhere she goes, is Tess's imaginary friend.

We are given Tess's story from her sad and tumultuous childhood through her late teens and then adult years by narrator Grace who has always been a part of Tess's life~~whether real or imagined. Grace is an incredible teller of this story. Her character brings humor when we need it and she brings a certain, well, grace to the story when we're being taught a lesson or two. And oh yes, there are lessons to be learned in this wonderful book.
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