Ann Patchett has been my big discovery this year


by - December 2nd, 2013


9781408844540Book Review – This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett has been my big discovery this year. For some reason I had never read her before but after her championing of independent bookselling and her blurbs popping up on a number of books I also loved I finally picked up one of her books and fell in love.

Her latest book is a collection of her non fiction writing. But this isn’t ‘a best’ of collection. The stories, articles, speeches and essays collected here are put together in a way that forms the story of Ann’s life. We get a unique insight into her life and career as a writer as well as her family, her childhood, her hometown, her friendships and her marriages.

Each piece is written with Ann’s unique honesty and clarity. I especially loved her insights into how she became a writer and her writing process. The title piece is quite simply beautiful and is a must read for anyone who doesn’t understand why marriage and marriage equality is important. I am flicking through the book now trying to choose my other favourite pieces and I really can’t separate them. And putting them together as a whole is really something special.

I am not a reader of biographies, autobiographies or memoirs but the way this book has been put together I think makes this book a much more intimate and honest portrait of a writer; her art, her craft and her life all mixed together. And I’ve already got her other non fiction book Truth And Beauty in my pile ready to go.

Buy the book here…


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