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.