Published: November 5, 2013
Source: TLC Book Tours
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.
I'm not normally a fan of essay collections. I'll read them--after all, it is nice to have books that you can easily pick up and put down--but the constant change of topics tend to frustrate me. I'm also not overly familiar with Ann Patchett--the only one of her previous books I've read is Bel Canto and that was several years ago.
All that being said, I simply adored This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. This book is a collection of previously published essays in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Monthly, and Gourmet. While it would seem that there are a number of unrelated topics included--and there are a number of topics--this is a very well-arranged collection. Even though the topics vary widely--from opera to RV travel to proof of the "Colbert Bump"--this book feels very streamlined. Even though I claim to enjoy the fact that I can easily put down essay collections between essays, I found myself unable to set this one aside.
Patchett is a very personal writer and now, after reading so much about her life, I feel like she is my best friend. (I do not mean that in a stalker-ish kind of way.) She is also an honest writer--she doesn't paint herself in a better light than she deserves and she has a very appealing self-deprecating sense of humor.
I can say nothing but glowing and wonderful things about this book. I would recommend This is the Story of a Happy Marriage to anyone, even those of you who share my formerly held belief that they were not fans of essay collections.
I received a copy of this book to read in return for an honest review. I received no other compensation for this post.
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