- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing India Private Limited (2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408844540
- ISBN-13: 978-1408844540
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.4 x 23 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,13,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage Paperback – 2013
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PRAISE FOR STATE OF WONDER: 'Riverting and supremely moving * Maggie O'Farrell * A triumph and Patchett's best book yet * Guardian * The best book I have read all year. It made me laugh and weep and left me in a state of wonder: perfect from first page to last ... [a] masterpiece * Emma Donoghue * Riveting and visceral * Independent * There is a stillness and beauty to Ann Patchett's writing that takes the breath away * The Times * Every so often I read something that makes me want to press it ferverantly and evangelliacally onto everyone I meet ... I loved this * Joanna Trollope, Sunday Telegraph *
About the Author
Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and three books of non-fiction. She has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction three times; with The Magician's Assistant in 1998, winning the prize with Bel Canto in 2002, and was most recently shortlisted with State of Wonder in 2012. She is also the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl, and their dog Sparky.
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That’s not true of this book of essays. Her life ties them all together and the pieces are biographical without being a biography. It’s one country, but with a great deal of diversity, both geographical and temporal. It was good to get to know the girl who would write The Patron Saint of Liars (still my favorite) and her parents. Her reference to her father’s work as a police detective involved in the Manson case got me searching for his name in Helter Skelter. After finding him there, I was quickly reminded that Bugliosi only had room for one hero in his book, and that spot was reserved for himself.
Her story about the events leading up to her marriage (the marriage of the title) gives new meaning to the phrase, “The heart wants what it wants”. She is best when recounting her personal relationships, especially with her grandmother and with Sister Nena, the person who literally taught her to write. It was nice to be reminded of what I liked about Catholicism.
Thank goodness for my friend. I absolutely loved this book. I am sad it is over. I can't wait to explore her other books. I want to make a pilgrimage to her bookstore!