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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage Paperback – Deckle Edge, October 7, 2014
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“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)
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“[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)
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.
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Paperback : 306 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062236687
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062236685
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.72 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (October 7, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #42,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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novels might me interest her more?? BTW: If the reader is a wanna-be author -- do be sure to read this!!
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Patchett writes about real life, flaws and all. She writes about it in a way that is honest and accepting of our human idiosyncrasies, with realism and kindness. Her essays and advice on writing alone make this worth reading, and her witty and warm tales on love and life are the cherries on top.