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Ann Patchett

Autor(a) de Bel Canto

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About the Author

Ann Patchett was born on December 2, 1963. She received the Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2002 for her novel Bel Canto. Her other novels include The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician's Assistant, and State of Wonder. She has also written several nonfiction works mostrar mais including Truth and Beauty: A Friendship, The Getaway Car, The Bookshop Strikes Back, and This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Ann's title's Commonweatlth and The Patron Saint of Liars made the New York Time bestseller list. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Ann Patchett

Bel Canto (2001) 12,986 exemplares
State of Wonder (2001) 6,187 exemplares
The Dutch House (2019) 4,201 exemplares
Run (2007) 3,710 exemplares
Commonwealth (2016) 3,471 exemplares
The Magician's Assistant (1997) 3,189 exemplares
The Patron Saint of Liars (1992) 2,638 exemplares
Truth and Beauty: A Friendship (2004) 2,635 exemplares
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage (2013) 1,311 exemplares
Tom Lake (2023) 942 exemplares
These Precious Days: Essays (2021) 769 exemplares
Taft (1994) 761 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2006 (2006) — Editor — 542 exemplares
What Now? (2008) 374 exemplares

Associated Works

Autobiography of a Face (1994) — Posfácio, algumas edições2,072 exemplares
The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Contribuidor — 621 exemplares
State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America (2008) — Contribuidor — 505 exemplares
Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories (2011) — Introdução — 497 exemplares
Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting (2013) — Contribuidor — 256 exemplares
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Contribuidor — 223 exemplares
Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction (1998) — Contribuidor — 183 exemplares
Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation (2017) — Contribuidor — 164 exemplares
The Best American Travel Writing 2007 (2007) — Contribuidor — 158 exemplares
Granta 114: Aliens (2011) — Contribuidor — 92 exemplares
20 Under 30 (1986) — Contribuidor — 90 exemplares
The Worst Noel: Hellish Holiday Tales (2005) — Contribuidor — 88 exemplares
An Innocent Abroad: Life-Changing Trips from 35 Great Writers (2014) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
Best Food Writing 2003 (2003) — Contribuidor — 67 exemplares
Novel Voices (2003) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
Bel Canto [2018 film] (2018) — Original book — 20 exemplares
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Apple, Tree: Writers on Their Parents (2019) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
The Best Contemporary Women's Fiction: Six Novels (2010) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
A Portrait of Southern Writers: Photographs (2000) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Modern Fiction About Schoolteaching: An Anthology (1995) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
The Patron Saint of Liars [1998 TV movie] (2005) — Original book — 1 exemplar


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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Los Angeles, California, USA
Locais de residência
Los Angeles, California, USA
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Sarah Lawrence College
University of Iowa Writers' Workshop
Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts
St Bernard Academy
Ray, Jeanne (mother)
Fellowship of Southern Writers
American Academy of Arts and Letters (2017)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement (2014)
National Humanities Medal (2021)
Lisa Bankoff (ICM)

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Ann Patchett was born in Los Angeles in 1963 and raised in Nashville. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. In 1990, she won a residential fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars. It was named a New York Times Notable Book for 1992. In 1993, she received a Bunting Fellowship from the Mary Ingrahm Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College. Patchett's second novel, Taft, was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best work of fiction in 1994. Her third novel, The Magician's Assistant, was short-listed for England's Orange Prize and earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship.Her next novel, Bel Canto, won both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in 2002, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. It was named the Book Sense Book of the Year. It sold more than a million copies in the United States and has been translated into thirty languages. In 2004, Patchett published Truth & Beauty, a memoir of her friendship with the writer Lucy Grealy. It was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Entertainment Weekly. Truth & Beauty was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Alex Award from the American Library Association. She was also the editor of Best American Short Stories 2006.Patchett has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times magazine, Harper's, The Atlantic,The Washington Post, Gourmet, and Vogue. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, Karl VanDevender.



Ann Patchett: American Author Challenge em 75 Books Challenge for 2017 (Novembro 2017)
State of Wonder, Anne Patchett em World Reading Circle (Agosto 2014)
BOOK DISCUSSION: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett em Orange January/July (Maio 2012)
Reading Bel Canto (no spoilers yet please) em Orange January/July (Fevereiro 2012)


I thought I would like the audiobook because Meryl Streep is the narrator. However I could not get into the story at all. Maybe I just don't like theatre or maybe it was the flip flopping back and forth between the "today" and "The back then". It's a DNF for me.
deseriedrew | 50 outras críticas | Nov 27, 2023 |
This reflective novel highlights Patchett’s storytelling skills. I loved it.

Lara and her husband Joe own a cherry orchard in Michigan. Because of the pandemic lockdown, their three daughters are home and helping to bring in the harvest. To help pass the hours of grueling work, the girls beg their mother to tell the story of her relationship with Peter Duke, a famous actor. Slowly Lara tells them of her short career as an actress and her romance with Duke when she was 24 and starring as Emily in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in a summer stock theatre in Tom Lake.

Though all three daughters have bought into the mythology of Duke, they have very different personalities. Emily, 26, has studied horticulture and has decided she will take over the family business; she has a fiery temperament. Maisie, 24, is studying to be a veterinarian; her pragmatism is what stands out. Nell, 22, is studying drama in hopes of becoming an actress; she is very intuitive, always anticipating what comes next in her mother’s story.

The three young women think that they know their mother, but as Lara narrates her backstory, they come to see her not just as a loving and protective mother but as a complex human being who had a very different life when she was their age. They come to understand that she had desires like they do, but that she also has experienced loss. Of course, their views of Duke also change: he’s not just the handsome and charismatic world-famous actor they have read about and seen in films.

Initially, the daughters expect that their mother regrets giving up a glamourous life as an actress. Lara, however, has no such regrets: “’You wake up one day and you don’t want the carnival anymore. In fact, you can’t even believe you did that.’” She even confides, “’it doesn’t feel anything like regret. It feels like I just missed getting hit by a train.’” I love her comment, “’Look at [the beauty of the trees]! Look at the three of you. You think my life would have been better spent making commercials for lobster rolls?’”

The daughters also think that their mother’s romance with Duke was such a pivotal event that they can only wonder “’How do you ever get over someone like that?’” But Lara seldom thinks about Duke. She sees the summer of 1988 as her coming-of-age season, a summer that taught her a great deal. Though “most of those lessons I would have gladly done without,” she realizes that it also brought her Joe, the farm, and three daughters. She was betrayed and wounded, but she has left any sorrow or anger behind. I love her statement that “The past need not be so all-encompassing that it renders us incapable of making egg salad.”

Lara concludes, “There is no explaining this simple truth about life: you will forget much of it. The painful things you were certain you’d never be able to let go? Now you’re not entirely sure when they happened, while the thrilling parts, the heart-stopping joys, splintered and scattered and became something else. Memories are then replaced by different joys and larger sorrows, and unbelievably, those things also get knocked aside as well.” I certainly agree with her comment that “we remember the people we hurt so much more clearly than the people who hurt us.”

The play Our Town, which was central to Lara’s life as an actress, has as its theme the idea that people do not appreciate what life has to offer. It is the ordinary things in life that often go unnoticed that are the most important. Lara has taken this lesson to heart. She is content with her life in the present; she is grateful for her life. Beauty and suffering exist together: they are living through a pandemic, “this unparalleled disaster,” that has overturned their lives, but she also thinks of this as “the happiest time of my life [because] Joe and I are here on this farm, our three girls grown and gone and then returned, all of us working together to take the cherries off the trees.”

The passage of time is inevitable, as are loss, suffering, and death, but there is beauty in even the most ordinary of lives and loves. This life-affirming message is timely and it is delivered in a beautiful story told in beautiful prose - a tale of gratitude for which to be grateful.

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Schatje | 50 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
After reading [b:Autobiography of a Face|534255|Autobiography of a Face|Lucy Grealy|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1386921470l/534255._SY75_.jpg|95778] last year, and learning about this book, I knew I had to read it. Patchett writes about her friendship with fellow writer Lucy Grealy.

In her autobiography, Grealy gives us an edited look at her life, naturally; she chose not to disclose much that Patchett shares in this book.

There's quite a lot about sex included, unfortunately; there's an abortion and liberal attitudes about it; there are major themes of deep depression and suicide; Grealy abuses drugs and alcohol.

As a Christian, it was painful to see how much emotional pain Grealy, especially, was in, and how she refused to even believe in God - the only One with the power to deliver her from her pain. But also, it was sad to know that others in the book, the author included, are just as lost spiritually, though on the outside they may seem more composed.

I really enjoyed hearing about the writing life, from college to fellowships and book deals.

I definitely recommend that others read [b:Autobiography of a Face|534255|Autobiography of a Face|Lucy Grealy|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1386921470l/534255._SY75_.jpg|95778] first, as it starts with an earlier time period and, I think, gives some critical background information.
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RachelRachelRachel | 98 outras críticas | Nov 21, 2023 |
I love the way Ann Patchett writes....but this was a very long story and I found myself not all that impressed with Laura (Lara)....and Duke?? Small ugh over time. Yes, the story relayed to the three daughters about how they all came abouit, ultimately, and of course about Joe and the cherry farm...a good story but not exactly compelling to the rest of the world?? I'm disappointed that I'm not writing a more enthusiastic opinion of the book.
nyiper | 50 outras críticas | Nov 18, 2023 |



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