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Written in spare, poignant prose that matches the power of Orr's most affecting poems, The Blessing explores life-defining episodes of tragedy and atonement, trauma and reconciliation. His ability to give a voice to the feelings that are hardest to express makes his story an unforgettable, and mesmerizing read. The Blessing begins with the horrific event that has permeated Orr's life and writing: At the age of twelve, he accidentally shot and killed his younger brother Peter. Haunted by his painful, Cain-like legacy, the young Orr seemed to be haunted by further violence and tragedy throughout his teens. His shattering experiences led to an unexpected epiphany and a clear answer to one of life's most basic questions: How do we find meaning in the face of death? -- and his life as a poet begins.