This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage (Paperback)

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I resisted this book of essays (by a woman whose life is just too close to my own fantasy for comfort) until it was the only book on ausio I had that interested me. I took it on the road and listened so intently, with such an interest in the insights Ms. Patchett has gleaned from her life, that the hours just drifted by in a thought-packed fog. I drove a lot that week, but not enough to finish listening, so I took home the hardcover so I could savor what remained and have it on my shelf for keeps. Ann Patchett may not yet have written The Great American Novel (though all 7 have been pretty darn good), nor won the Pulitzer, but if had to write a shortlist of our greatest living writers, she's near the top.

— From Memoirs & Essays

November 2013 Indie Next List

“Readers familiar with Patchett's fiction, from The Patron Saint of Liars to Bel Canto and State of Wonder, treasure her imaginative and heartfelt stories. Truth & Beauty, her memoir of her friendship with Lucy Grealy, defines loyalty and friendship. Now, in this essay collection, she confirms what her readers have always known: we would love to be her neighbor, knowing that she would wash our mud-soaked clothes in her dry laundry room after a flood; we would share her heartbreak when her dog Rosie died; we would cheer her feisty dedication to uncensored reading and bookselling. The story of her happy marriage is one her fans will savor. Patchett deserves this joy.”
— Cheryl McKeon, Book Passage, San Francisco, CA


Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto, examines her deepest commitments--to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband--creating a resonant portrait of a life in This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage takes us into the very real world of Ann Patchett's life. Stretching from her childhood to the present day, from a disastrous early marriage to a later happy one, it covers a multitude of topics, including relationships with family and friends, and charts the hard work and joy of writing, and the unexpected thrill of opening a bookstore.

As she shares stories of the people, places, ideals, and art to which she has remained indelibly committed, Ann Patchett brings into focus the large experiences and small moments that have shaped her as a daughter, wife, and writer.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780062236685
ISBN-10: 0062236687
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: October 7th, 2014
Pages: 306
Language: English

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