It is 1964: Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening uninvited, where he notices a heart-stoppingly beautiful woman. When Bert kisses Beverly Keating, his host's wife, he sets in motion the joining of two families. In 1988, Franny Keating, now 24, meets one of her idols, the famous author Leon Posen.
After telling him about her family, she unwittingly relinquishes control over their story. Franny never dreams that the consequences of this encounter will extend into the lives of her scattered siblings and parents.
©2016 Ann Patchett (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd
"There is a stillness and beauty to Ann Patchett's writing that takes the breath away.... Patchett's mastery of language is matched only by her narrative abilities." (The Times)
"Enchanting prose and wondrous storytelling." (Economist)
I am a big fan of Ann Patchett. State of Nature and Run are amongst my favourite novels. I don't rate Commonwealth as highly although I did enjoy it. I struggled with the narrator. She had a hard time with male voices and I think it would have been better for her to have read ing her own voice than to attempt a bad remediations of men.
Overall, the book was satisfying and I look forward to Patchett's next.
"For the first time"
Ann Patchett is a genius but the person narrating her audiobook is so painfully bad that I can't make it through the whole thing. It's genuinely distracting.
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