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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage - by Ann Patchett (Paperback)

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  • A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick "I had been so engaged by Ann Patchett's multifaceted story, so lured in by her confiding voice, that I forgot I was on the job.
  • Author(s): Ann Patchett
  • 320 Pages
  • Biography + Autobiography, Personal Memoirs

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About the Book



Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author ofState of Wonder, Run, andBel Canto, examines her deepest commitments to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband creating a resonant portrait of a life inThis 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."



Book Synopsis



A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

"I had been so engaged by Ann Patchett's multifaceted story, so lured in by her confiding voice, that I forgot I was on the job. [...] As the best personal essays often do, Patchett's is a two-way mirror, reflecting both the author and her readers." -- New York Times Book Review

Blending literature and memoir, New York Times bestselling author 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.

Stretching from her childhood to the present day, from a disastrous early marriage to a later happy one, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage 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.



From the Back Cover



The New York Times bestselling author of State of Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto creates a resonant portrait of a life in this collection of writings on love, friendship, work, and art.

"The tricky thing about being a writer, or about being any kind of artist, is that in addition to making art you also have to make a living."

So begins This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, an examination of the things Ann Patchett is fully committed to--the art and craft of writing, the depths of friendship, an elderly dog, and one spectacular nun. Writing nonfiction, which started off as a means of keeping her insufficiently lucrative fiction afloat, evolved over time to be its own kind of art, the art of telling the truth as opposed to the art of making things up. Bringing her narrative gifts to bear on her own life, Patchett uses insight and compassion to turn very personal experiences into stories that will resonate with every reader.

These essays twine to create both a portrait of life and a philosophy of life. Obstacles that at first appear insurmountable--scaling a six-foot wall in order to join the Los Angeles Police Department, opening an independent bookstore, and sitting down to write a novel--are eventually mastered with quiet tenacity and sheer force of will. The actual happy marriage, which was the one thing she felt she wasn't capable of, ultimately proves to be a metaphor as well as a fact: Patchett has devoted her life to the people and ideals she loves the most. 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.



Review Quotes




"I had been so engaged by Ann Patchett's multifaceted story, so lured in by her confiding voice, that I forgot I was on the job. [...] As the best personal essays often do, Patchett's is a two-way mirror, reflecting both the author and her readers." -- New York Times Book Review

"Emotionally lucid. . . . Patchett is at her lyrical best when she catalogues the jungle." -- The New Yorker

"Patchett's mastery of nonfiction [is] every bit the equal of her skill as a novelist." -- Shelf Awareness

"All the essays were a joy to read...No matter your interest, you'll find words in this book that speak to you." -- Real Simple

"Each of the essays is its own delight and resonates with warmth and humor... If read straight through, the book presents a lovely and lyrical look at a life well lived." -- Library Journal

"Readable and candid, Patchett's collection is a joyful celebration of life, love and the written word." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Reading Patchett is like spending time with a deeply perceptive longtime pal, or a new friend that one instantly connects with." -- USA Today

"[A] sparkling collection." -- The New Yorker

"Happy marriage, compelling writing and all worthy endeavor requires hard work. That's Patchett's strength. And she does a fine job." -- Miami Herald

"Patchett ... is one of our best contemporary novelists. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage reminds us that she is an exceptional writer of nonfiction, too. Her prose is a pleasure to read, regardless of genre." -- Dallas Morning News

"Novelist Ann Patchett's excellent essay collection ranges from dogs to writing to white-knuckled air travel." -- Christian Science Monitor

"While being an artistic crafter of words, Patchett also has a storyteller's ability to sketch a moment so vividly you can't fail to see how her own writing life was developed." -- Aspen Daily News

"In this heartfelt collection of autobiographical essays, the novelist opens up about love, friendship, and family, exhibiting the compassionate voice that is a hallmark of her fiction." -- O, the Oprah Magazine

"It is a feat that Ann Patchett remains so lovable as a narrator, and so engaging as a storyteller, when writing about her excellent career, personal life, dog, and husband." -- Newsday

"Patchett's is a no-nonsense voice: clear, sane, companionable... [T]he funny, frank and nervy 'The Getaway Car' (possibly worth the book's price) plunges readers, roller-coaster style, into the story of Patchett's writing life--essentially, this collection's real subject." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"[I]n this terrific, wide-ranging collection, Patchett demonstrates how a pro does it." -- NPR's Fresh Air

"All of the essays, which have been collected from her magazine work over two decades, are excellent. Patchett writes enviable prose--fluid, simple, direct, clear, and fearless..." -- Esquire.com

"Ann Patchett most definitely has something to say, in her fully realized and beautiful voice." -- Huffington Post

"[A]ll of the periodical pieces collected are finely polished, worthy of their packaging between two hard covers." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Writing of loss and of the complications of love, Patchett lets down her guard ... and opens both her sense of humor and her heart." -- Columbus Dispatch

"Wit-filled and elegantly executed" -- Entertainment Weekly

"The best advertisement for Ann Patchett's new collection of nonfiction is anything else Ms. Patchett has written...Ms. Patchett's style is not overly confessional, but it is beguiling in ways that make her sound like someone you'd want to know." -- New York Times


Dimensions (Overall): 7.9 Inches (H) x 5.3 Inches (W) x .9 Inches (D)
Weight: .55 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 320
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Personal Memoirs
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Format: Paperback
Author: Ann Patchett
Language: English
Street Date: October 7, 2014
TCIN: 16211188
UPC: 9780062236685
Item Number (DPCI): 247-28-6559
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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