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Commonwealth - Ann Patchett
Commonwealth
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The acclaimed, bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize—tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening... show more
The acclaimed, bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize—tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another.Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780062491794 (0062491792)
ASIN: 0062491792
Publisher: Harper
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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Dem rated it
3.0 Commonwealth
The saying "Gin makes you sin" sure plays a role in Ann Patchett's latest novel Commonwealth.A novel about Family dynamics after marriages end and new relationships form and the fallout that folks have to deal with.One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating...
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents rated it
3.0 Commonwealth
3.5 starsThis story switches around between different time periods within the lives of the members of the two families. It actually took me a little time and effort to get it straight who was related by blood because they are all so connected that it's really like one big family. There are divorce...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
4.0 Interesting story about divorce and the families affected as they blend and struggle to develop.
Commonwealth, Ann Patchett, author; Hope Davis, narrator Sometimes, a cataclysmic event is preceded by the most unlikely circumstances. The auspicious day that this occurred was the occasion of the christening of Franny Keating. Fix Keating’s house was filled with family, a family populated by polic...
Girl Well Read
Girl Well Read rated it
4.0 Commonwealth
A special thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins Canada for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.A chance encounter at a christening party for Franny Keating, ignites a spark between the hostess and an uninvited guest that puts in motion a chain of events that will span five decades and forever...
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