This Is the Story of A Happy Marriage

This Is the Story of A Happy Marriage

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Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto examines her deepest commitments: to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband in This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Together these essays, previously published in The Atlantic, Harper's, Vogue, and the Washington Post, form a resonant portrait of a life lived with loyalty and with love. 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.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062236678
Characteristics: x, 306 p. ; 24 cm


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Jun 03, 2019

This was a collection of essays, which I am learning I never enjoy. The first one was enough to make me want to quit the book entirely. The ones on Divorce and her Bookstore were redeeming and I enjoyed those, but the rest just dragged.

If you’ve read Bel Canto or State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, then you’re already familiar with her poetic language and beautiful imagery. This book brings together a collection of essays and stories that she’s published over the years, dealing with everything from marriage to bookstores to dog-ownership. I loved it. (submitted by MS)

Jun 02, 2017

A good collection of essays and articles by author Ann Patchett that deal with issues like her career, her marriage, her family and even her dog. I particularly enjoyed a speech she gave about education at a university where the parents attempted to ban her book. This collection offers great variety and was interesting and entertaining reading.

Nov 07, 2015

After enjoying Ann Patchett's State of Wonder and Bel Canto I was excited to find this collection of short stories about her life. Her description throughout of how she approaches the art of writing was so interesting that it is really a primer for anyone thinking about writing. Her story of her dog reminded me so much of the loss of ours, I cried with her. The story of her marriage, eventually, was at times humorous, sad and hopeful.

Nov 07, 2015

This is the story of a lot of things: growing up, nuns, a dog, divorce, a love of writing. Some essays are better than others, but they are all interesting, insightful and give the reader a picture of Patchett. This collection was recommended to me by a friend and I would recommend it as well.

Sep 21, 2015

AN interesting book of short stories. The writer has written a book that anyone can relate to.

Jan 21, 2015

I heard the NPR interview and I'm glad I read this. This book of vignettes range from how she became a writer to her divorce and the death of her dog. Her writing style was enjoyable to read and I would recommend this to my friends. This is perhaps the most well-written book I've come across.

CPL_Laura Aug 10, 2014

There ought be a better word than essay for essays this engaging, the best of which rival Patchett's finest fiction. I loved the piece on how she came to own her dog, in which she cops to bad behavior. And The Getaway Car, in which she (gently) mocks a class of undergrads that pretentiously whines about writers' block, should be required reading for aspiring writers. The lovely title piece recounts the circuitous route to her present marriage (including a brief affair with a writer named David, who sounds suspiciously like David Foster Wallace).

LPL_PolliK May 12, 2014

Gorgeous to read, funny and touching. Short stories about writing and books and love and friendship and pets. Beautiful and well-paced.

Mar 20, 2014

"I'm never lonely when I'm around books. It's the world of endless possibility and opportunity to be in that building full of books."

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