The Undertaking of Tess

The Undertaking of Tess

Lesley Kagen / Jan 17, 2020

The Undertaking of Tess From New York Times bestselling author Lesley Kagen Four months on s Top women s fiction sister list During the summer of ten year old Theresa Tessie Finley has her work cut out for her Not

  • Title: The Undertaking of Tess
  • Author: Lesley Kagen
  • ISBN: 9781940716541
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Paperback
  • From New York Times bestselling author Lesley Kagen Four months on s Top 100 women s fiction sister list 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, but her kid sister, Birdie, refusesFrom New York Times bestselling author Lesley Kagen Four months on s Top 100 women s fiction sister list 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, but 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 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 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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      • Lesley Kagen

        Lesley Kagen is a mother of two, a grandmother of two, an actress, celebrated public speaker, essayist, and the award winning, New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including her newest, THE MUTUAL ADMIRATION SOCIETY, which will be released in January 2017 She lives in a charming small town in Wisconsin in a hundred fifty year old farm house with her dog, Gracie More about Lesley and reading guides can be found at lesleykagen and facebook LesleyKagenBooks.


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    1. A novella, The Undertaking of Tess showcases what author Lesley Kagen does best. Presenting mischievous child protagonists that protect their younger siblings. The story reminded me of Whistling in the Dark so much that I felt Tess was really just another Sally O'Malley and Birdie was another Troo. Both sets of girls lose their fathers to tragedy and both have a man crazy Irish mother that cannot cook. For that lack of originality, I just cannot give this book a rating of higher than 2 stars.


    2. The Finley Sisters are guaranteed to steal your heart, as you laugh out loud with Lesley Kagen’sbittersweet novella, THE UNDERTAKING OF TESS, and double your pleasure, with a continuation of this dynamic duo in THE RESURRECTION OF TESS BLESSING. In the summer of 1959, in Milwaukee there are two sisters, not yet teens, both OCD; Tess with her daily routine of making lists(and keeping them updated daily) with: • Her To-Do Lists (love the strike outs, when she accomplishes the item, or no longe [...]


    3. Known for her distinct narratives told through a child’s eyes, Lesley Kagen delves deep inside the mind of young Tess Finley. Tess tries to sort through her confusion and sorrow surrounding a family tragedy while watching over, and protecting, her emotionally unstable sister, Birdie. The voice and inner thoughts of Tess are so wonderful that I laughed and wept, often while reading the same page. Her observations of the convoluted adult world through which she must navigate are tender and heart [...]


    4. This was a short novella, I wanted to read before I start the follow up novel, The Resurrection Of Tess Blessing. I always enjoy Lesley Kagen's characters, and this funny little Tess made me laugh out loud several times. It's also set back in the 1950s in Milwaukee, which reminds me of when I was growing up. I'm looking forward to reading her next book soon!


    5. This book is set in 1959 with two sisters Tessie and Birdie. Their father dies unexpectedly while fishing with Tessie, but his body is never found. The story is told by Tessie age 11 and how she tries to convince her younger sister Birdie that their father is indeed gone forever. It was quite an undertaking for her, but she did an excellent job of it.I enjoyed the way it was written and how the story twists and turns. This is a prequel to The Resurrection of Tess Blessing which I am looking forw [...]


    6. 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.


    7. Two delightful young girls Tess & Birdie have just lost their father. Their mother is planning to find a new husband. Tess is trying to make it real for her sister that their daddy is dead. A lovely read and I look forward to reading The Resurrection of Tess Blessing


    8. Lesley Kagen is a master at writing stories with a cast of characters that you can't help but to love. I fall into her stories with such ease and they always leave an impression on me. The Undertaking of Tess is another wonderful story by an extraordinary author!



    9. I have to say how much I enjoyed this book. So clever, funny, kind of sad, really cool. I especially enjoyed her child's viewpoint of the adult world and her unflinching understanding of her mother.



    10. I reada lotd Lesley Kagen is one of my very favorite authors. Many thanks to her for providing me a copy of her ebook. To avoid spoilers, I will not summarize the story here as a synopsis is readily available. Her characters are so well-written that regardless of one's upbringing, reading her work is like being swept away on an adventure with a childhood friend. Her stories have it all: compelling characters telling a gripping story, with dashes of humor and mystery to sweeten the deal. If you h [...]


    11. I loved this little book about sisters, Tessie and Birdie. At the very beginning of the book Tessie witnesses an accident that causes her a lot of guilt and confusion about what happened, what didn't happen and her reaction. The sisters are very close and when Birdie is in deep denial regarding the accident, Tessie tries to set her right.I loved them. They reminded me a little of Me & Emma only not as harsh of a story so the whole time I kept thinking I was going to get duped. lolThe story i [...]


    12. Delightful storyTess Blessing is fishing with her father when he dies in a tragic accident. After his death it's up to Tess to take care of her little sister, Birdie, who isn't convinced that their daddy died. The girls' mother, Louise, is a mother in name only, so the girls must rely on each other to get through the changes in their lives. Tess is such a character, and the way she uses her sense of humor to help her sister cope is so sweet and poignant. Taking place in 1959, this story is also [...]


    13. I won a copy of The Undertaking of Tess during a First Reads giveaway. Written from 10 year old Tessie's perspective, this book follows Tess after she witnesses the accidental drowning of her father. This is a well imagined and sometimes humorous look at life through a young child's eyes, one who has to deal with her mother's anger and her sister's fragility. I can visualize the young girl who has to write her lists and who worries that Mom will take her sister to an asylum for refusing to beli [...]


    14. Kagen does it again!!!! The Undertaking of Tess is a brilliant and haunting tale of the Finley sisters and their quest to maneuver through their unpredictable world, a world plagued by loss, guilt and in the end growth. Tessie's has her trusty to-do list and she is determined to keep her sister safe and face all the challenges that come her way. With Kagen's keen observation of the spirit of youth, brilliant dialogue and well placed humor The Undertaking of Tess is another 5 star HIT!!! A must r [...]


    15. THE UNDERTAKING OF TESS is a brilliant and haunting tale of the Finley sisters (Tess and Birdie) in their quest to maneuver through an unpredictable world. Their world is plagued by loss, guilt and in the end growth. Tess has her trusty to-do list, which keeps her "on track" and she is determined to keep her sister (who is mentally challenged) safe and face all the challenges that come her way.This book is told in the view point of a child which makes it a reading challenge at times but endearin [...]


    16. A strong four. What an interesting prequel. It took me a bit to get into the rhythm of the book, written from young Tess' viewpoint. However, once I adjusted to that, I absolutely adored the 1950s references, which resonated with my own Minnesota youth (especially the Red Owl). Kagen has the era down perfectly. Can't wait to read "The Resurrection of" even though it will be my first paper book in years! There was so much about this that triggered memories of my own childhood I hope my own daught [...]


    17. I am a fan of Lesley Kagen's books.The story was entertaining, and I loved the style, but it was almost a carbon copy of her character True in Whistling in the Dark. Written from the perspective of a ten year old girl, from Milwaukee, in 1959.I liked the teaser at the end, of the sequel, The Resurrection of Tess, and will be reading that.


    18. I wish this book had been longer -- because I love reading Leslie Kagen's stories so much! If you live in Milwaukee -- especially Wauwatosa -- it's all there in her stories: Vliet Street, Hawley Road, Meurer's Bakery, Washington Park, Samson the gorilla, Joy Farm . . . pick up one of her books and fall into your past!


    19. This book involves the same characters from The Resurrection of Tess Blessing, but in this book they are children,and we learn everything that led up to the kinds of adults they are in Resurrection. The precocious child narrator Tess is delightful. I love the way she takes responsibility for her younger sister.


    20. A great short story, I just wish it was an entire novel! The characters are so unique and well written I mean what's not to love in a main character who is an 11-year-old girl who is obsessed with TO-DO lists, death, and making sure her 10-year-old sister is taken care of. Equal parts funny and heartfelt I want more of Tess's story!! :)


    21. I've read 4 of Lesley Kagen's 6 books and every one of them has been lovely, so I guess I need to order the other two. These are good books to share with your sisters, which I do. This is a short Novella and I was familiar with the characters, so a quick read.


    22. charming storyThis is a charming and Delightful read. Lesley kagan perfectly captures the naïveté and perception of her characters. I loved it.


    23. A delightful book with rich characters, humour and a good story. Looking forward to the next book to be released 9 December 2014.


    24. 1959, Milwaukee, bittersweet novella, haunting tale of sisters quest to maneuver through their unpredictable world sequel follows this book "Resurrection of Tess Blessing"



    25. I loved this so much! The Undertaking of Tess is one of the best reads I have had the pleasure of experiencing all year.




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