This is the Story of a Happy Marriage

Contrary to the title, this isn’t actually a story about marriage at all. Rather, it is a collection of stories, about lots of things–marriage is only one of them.

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In this collection, one of my very favorite authors, Ann Patchett, shares pieces of her life–friends, family, loves and losses, books. It is a window into her mind.

I told you yesterday that I mostly find biographies boring. However, I love memoirs. I always find it interesting to hear first-person narratives about a person’s life, to hear them share the things that are most important to them, and the little details too. I like to know the things that made them them.

This is especially true of the authors I love. It helps me to understand their books, when I can go into their background, and hear what formed their psyche. Patchett talks a lot about her books and the path she took to write them:  her love of opera formed Bel Canto, a trip to Brazil inspired State of Wonder.  I got to hear about her friendship with Lucy Grealy, which will be helpful later, since I have not yet read Truth and Beauty.

It’s next to impossible to be unbiased in this review, because I love her work so much. There was no chance I wouldn’t love hearing something in her own voice. If you haven’t read anything by Ann Patchett, you should. My favorite is Bel Canto. I need to reread that soon, I think.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend. You probably won’t see a post from me tomorrow as we are having company, but I’ll be back to our regular broadcasted program on Monday.

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3 thoughts on “This is the Story of a Happy Marriage

  1. I LOVED this book! I borrowed it from the library, but I know that I’ll be buying my own copy eventually because I’ll want to re-read some of these essays again. The piece about her beloved dog had me crying–we’re talking ugly crying face here–and I adored the essay about her journey towards owning her own bookstore. Who am I kidding. . . I liked them all!
    You’re in for a treat when you read “Truth & Beauty”. It’s a skillful account of a very complicated friendship, and it’ll be even more meaningful to you after reading her essay about the fallout in this book.

    • Oh I KNOW! When that old man was telling her about his dog, I just kept thinking, “Crap. She’s going to die like tomorrow.” And then she did. And it was awful.

      • Completely agree–I just had to stop reading for awhile after that one. But–to me that’s the sign of a truly great writer.
        I’ve never really been able to get into her fiction as much, but I do love her NF works. I need to give Bel Canto a try again. . .

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