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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents These Precious Days by Ann Patchett.

An irresistible collection of essays and memoir from the internationally best-selling, Women’s Prize-winning author of The Dutch House.

'Any story that starts will also end.' As a writer, Ann Patchett knows what the outcome of her fiction will be. Life, however, often takes turns we do not see coming. Patchett ponders this truth as she explores family, friendship, marriage, failure, success and what it all means.

Ranging from the personal - her portrait of the three men she called her fathers; unexpectedly falling into a life-changing friendship with Tom Hanks; how to answer when someone asks why you don’t have children - to the sublime - exploring the Harvard Museum of Natural History before its doors open; the unexpected influence of Snoopy; the importance of knitting - each essay transforms the particular into the universal, letting us all see our own worlds anew.

Illuminating, penetrating, funny and generous, These Precious Days is joyful time spent in the company of one of our greatest living authors.

©2021 Ann Patchett (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Patchett leads us to a truth that feels like life rather than literature." (Guardian)

"One of my top favourite contemporary writers. I don’t think that there’s a book of hers that I haven’t put down at the end and been haunted by for weeks after." (Gillian Anderson)

"Few novelists today combine such a forensic eye with an acute and humane understanding of human nature. I would read Ann Patchett’s shopping list." (Jojo Moyes)

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Thank you Ann Patchett! Loved this!

I was interested to listen to Ann's book after hearing Tom Hanks narrate her book The Dutch House. Now I know much much more about Ann's life, her writing & her friends & family. Of particular note was her description of her father's love then his death over a LONG 4 years where she felt an emotion like joy. I get that! Thank you for sharing

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memories are hard things

Patchett brings all her skills to placing these memories on the page. and she does it with her style of colour, compassion, and humanity.

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  • 04-01-2022

The best book I will read all year 02.01.22

Having read The Dutch House and been totally absorbed by the story and the author’s writing style, I was excited to read this latest book and expected much of the same. How wrong I was !
This book is simply wonderful and although I only finished it today, I can’t wait to start over again. Perhaps it’s because I am the same age as Ann Patchett that a lot of her life experiences, the stories and the emotions she portrayed so well , resonated with me. I laughed and I cried and devoured every last word. I listened to this on audible and loved the author’s narration but I need this as a tangible hard copy in my life. If only there were more stars to give, as I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

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