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Friday, May 12, 2017

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I read the recommended book, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, but it was a pleasant surprise.

My thoughts: I was intrigued by the family dymanics - how the children coped when their family units dissolved and the novel is written beautifully. The only disappointment was the end which seemed to stop the story abruptly, leaving the reader wondering what happened next.

From the author's site:
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 based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows 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, guilt, and the deep loyalty they feel for one another. 
Told with equal measures humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories, a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us to one another.

1 comment:

Joanne said...

I liked the book a lot. Her writing is so smooth