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Truth & Beauty : A Friendship Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 1, 2004
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Afterwards I felt that it was one of the most honest accounts of life, friendships, love and facing the rough with the smooth that I had ever read. It takes so much courage to write like this, and I appreciated this book for what the author didn't do - for not prettying up the gory details, and for giving us the opposite of a Hollywood movie ending.
The inability to feel love, to feel that there is never enough love - that is a real personality type, isn't it? Personified quite well here. And the selfless friend, Ann, who finally does set her personal boundaries provides a coming of age story as well. And finally, given that Lucy was prescribed painkillers due to her many surgeries, it seems quite likely that their use lead to heroin use.
We're all the richer for facing the real issues in life head on, aren't we? I recommend that you read this book if you like books that raise more questions than answers about life. Or if you want to read a behind the scenes memoir of the "glamorous" lives of writers and poets. However - if you have preconceived notions of what life is all about and how people should behave, then this book is not for you.
Reading Ann's account of their fame was interesting and inspirational. Ann kept Lucy on track for years and with seemingly great happiness, but when Ann's life gradually took a more individual track, Lucy lost her perspective. That is when the sadness became overwhelming to the point where the reader tends to forget what Lucy could have become. As a reader, totally involved, I began to wonder who could have changed the history and I placed it squarely on the parents.....many years ago.
My conclusion was that Lucy's death was not accidental. She was heading in that direction and no friendship was strong enough to stop it. Very disturbing.
Life is hard. Having that friend that you can always count on is a wonderful thing....moments become memories, happiness becomes joy and sadness is even more profound...with that friend in your life.
I am a huge fan of Ann Patchett and Truth and Beauty did not fail me. It was a warm and loving book, one I needed to read.