Ann Patchett

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This is the Story of a Happy Marriage

book | Non-Fiction | 2013
US & Canada → HarperCollins (Ed. Jonathan Burnham)
UK & Comm → Bloomsbury Publishing
The New York Times bestselling author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto examines her deepest commitments: to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband. Together these essays, previously published in The Atlantic, Harper’s, Vogue, and The Washington Post, form a resonant portrait of a life lived with loyalty and with love.

Ann Patchett’s novels have been feats of imagination—from the tale of an opera singer held hostage inside a vice presidential mansion, to a forgotten tribe along the banks of the Amazon river—she has created entire worlds for the reader to inhabit. Now, with her new book, she puts fiction aside and invites us into the very real world of her own life. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is both wide-ranging and deeply personal, overflowing with close observation and emotional wisdom. Stretching from her tumultuous childhood, from a disastrous early marriage and a later happy one, she charts the hard work and joy of writing, and the unexpected thrill of opening a bookstore. Patchett shares stories of the people, places, ideals, and art to which she has remained indelibly committed. Brimming with thoughtful advice and emotional wisdom, this collection brings into focus the large experiences and small moments that have shaped her as a daughter, wife, writer, and friend. An irresistible blend of literature and memoir, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a unique examination of the heart, mind, and soul of one of our most revered and gifted writers.


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She has an authoritative, straightforward voice in exploring some of the milestones of her life . . . many of these selections reveal a candid, evolved self-reflection

Publishers Weekly
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One gets the sense of a deeply ambitious writer, and also a likeable one with integrity. The best work is witty and quietly piercing . . . [and] she speaks about the love and happiness of her second and enduring marriage with immense beauty and insight.


What’s in Store
As the best personal essays often do, Patchett’s is a two-way mirror, reflecting both the author and her readers. Wendy Lesser
The New York Times Book Review
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