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.
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"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)
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As an escape from the everyday, it was fine and I think it made me appreciate my own daily life.
It changed as the book progressed.
Possibly the ending.
I did enjoy being able to listen to the book instead of listening to the radio to and from work. I find it hard to find time to read at home but did enjoy this for a change. Had I actually read the book, I doubt if I would have finished it. I did enjoy it more towards the end.
This story will resonate with so many people. Ann Patchett tells a story with so much patience and restraint but captures so much.
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.
Pretty OK story but hard to enjoy due to narrator's inadequate reading ability.
"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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