In her most recent novel, The Blessings, Elise Juska explores the connections between members of a large family. From birth to death, divorce and strained marriages, leaving home for the first time and learning what it means to take on the traditions of the family, this work follows the lives of a close-knit Irish-Catholic family and gives the reader no shortage of personal triumphs and losses to explore and understand. Through her deft use of differing narrators spanning four generations of the Blessings’s family tree, Juska pushes us to ask ourselves how much of our identity is shaped by family, and what happens when we step outside those boundaries.
The UArts Libraries is proud is recognize Juska as an esteemed faculty member of our own institution.
Greenfield Open Stacks – 813 J98b 2014
— Lauralee Martin, Work Study Library Assistant at the Greenfield Library