The Undertaking of Tess [NOOK Book]

Overview

“Her Life Ain’t Ever Gonna be the Same”

During the summer of 1959, ten-year-old Theresa “Tessie” Finley has her work cut out for her. Not only is she attempting to come to grips with the devastating loss and guilt she feels after she witnessed her father’s drowning, her kid sister, Birdie, refuses to believe that their beloved Daddy is really gone. Tessie needs to make sure that she does before their Mom gets wind of how much “weirder” her sister’s getting. Stronger, and more down to Earth than ethereal Birdie, ...
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The Undertaking of Tess

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Overview

“Her Life Ain’t Ever Gonna be the Same”

During the summer of 1959, ten-year-old Theresa “Tessie” Finley has her work cut out for her. Not only is she attempting to come to grips with the devastating loss and guilt she feels after she witnessed her father’s drowning, her kid sister, Birdie, refuses to believe that their beloved Daddy is really gone. Tessie needs to make sure that she does before their Mom gets wind of how much “weirder” her sister’s getting. Stronger, and more down to Earth than ethereal Birdie, she’s always watched over her sister, so it’s only natural for her to come up with a plan that she jots down on one of her never-ending TO-DO lists. If Tessie can’t achieve her goals, she’s desperately worried that the beautiful, but self-occupied Louise, might send emotionally fragile Birdie to the County insane asylum.

Her Daddy always told her, “A Finley never throws in the towel,” so more than anything Tess wants to make him proud, but despite her resourcefulness and grit, she’s smart enough to know that the odds are stacked against her and her time is running out.

Heartbreaking, funny, nostalgic, and spiritually uplifting, you’ll cheer the Finley sisters on from the first page to the last of this charming novella that sets the stage for the upcoming novel, The Resurrection of Tess Blessing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781940716541
  • Publisher: BookSparks
  • Publication date: 7/23/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 67,273
  • File size: 347 KB

Meet the Author

Lesley Kagen
Lesley Kagen
Lesley Kagen is a writer, actress, voice-over talent, and restaurateur. The owner of Restaurant Hama, one of Milwaukee's top restaurants,
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  • Posted January 10, 2015

    A prequel novella that comes before the book I will be reviewing

    A prequel novella that comes before the book I will be reviewing later today.  The reader is introduced to two sisters - Birdie and Tess as children before a major life event occurs that will send their childhoods into a tail spin.  Both girls are affected by this event and will react in different ways.

    I enjoyed the introduction to the girls knowing that I would have a whole book to follow with a story, so it was nice to start in their childhood.  I would have loved to learn a little more about their mother, but it was obvious that her absence was a part of the story.  I just wanted more!

    The narration was interesting and continued to the full novel, so I will talk more about that later today.

    As a concept I like prequel novellas, but I definitely like to read them before I dive into the book and/or series.   

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2015

    The Undertaking of Tess is a poignant novella. This powerful lit

    The Undertaking of Tess is a poignant novella. This powerful little book gives the background of Tess, telling the story of her childhood. The story of Tess continues in the beautiful novel, The Resurrection of Tess Blessing. I recommend all of Lesley Kagen’s novels. She never disappoints.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2014

    I finished this novella in one day!  I couldn't stop turning the

    I finished this novella in one day!  I couldn't stop turning the pages. What great characters.

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    Posted February 20, 2015

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