This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann PatchettBlending literature and memoir, 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.
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.
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Please note that this product is not available for purchase from Bloomsbury. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is an irresistible blend of literature and memoir revealing the big experiences and little moments that shaped Ann Patchett as a daughter, wife, friend and writer. Here, Ann Patchett shares entertaining and moving stories about her tumultuous childhood, her painful early divorce, the excitement of selling her first book, driving a Winnebago from Montana to Yellowstone Park, her joyous discovery of opera, scaling a six-foot wall in order to join the Los Angeles Police Department, the gradual loss of her beloved grandmother, starting her own bookshop in Nashville, her love for her very special dog and, of course, her eventual happy marriage. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a memoir both wide ranging and deeply personal, overflowing with close observation and emotional wisdom, told with wit, honesty and irresistible warmth. A memoir about her friendship with the deeply tortured writer Lucy Grealy, form the most telling and moving selections Each of these essays feels fresh and bright and, just as importantly, they seem to fit together to achieve a fascinating whole
Patchett has written. If these pieces were not identified by source, it would still be very easy to guess. But Ms. Crediting much of what she knows to the luck of the draw, which gave her Grace Paley, Allan Gurganus and Russell Banks as writing teachers, Ms. Patchett presents herself as something of a traditionalist.
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A nn Patchett is the consummate pro: that's the chief impression delivered by her first book-length collection of non-fiction. But, even in her youth, she knew she wasn't going to get rich and probably wasn't even going to pay the rent from her art. So, in her early 20s, with an MFA and a failed first marriage under her belt, Patchett tried teaching and then waitressing at a chain restaurant in Nashville before she hit on magazine freelance work. There seems to be an inexhaustible interest in accounts of "the writer's life", with their inside take on the creative process and their tips and advice for the aspirant. Patchett's version is as enlightening as these things ever are given that they are all pretty much the same , and certainly a lot less affected than many. She makes the usual swipes, albeit good-natured ones, at those idiotic people who are forever approaching professional writers with purportedly can't-miss ideas that they just don't happen to have the time to write down themselves.