Author(s): Ann Patchett
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.
A compelling combination of literature and memoir revealing the big experiences and little moments that shaped Ann Patchett as a daughter, wife, and writer
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
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.