This Is the Story of A Happy Marriage

Patchett, Ann

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
This Is the Story of A Happy Marriage
Baker & Taylor
Inviting readers into her personal life, the New York Times bestselling author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto shares the stories of the people, places, ideals and art to which she has remained indelibly committed. 100,000 first printing.


Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder, Run, andBel Canto, examines her deepest commitments—to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband—creating a resonant portrait of a life inThis is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage takes us into the very real world of Ann Patchett’s life. Stretching from her childhood to the present day, from a disastrous early marriage to a later happy one, it covers a multitude of topics, including relationships with family and friends, and charts the hard work and joy of writing, and the unexpected thrill of opening a bookstore.

As she shares stories of the people, places, ideals, and art to which she has remained indelibly committed, Ann Patchett brings into focus the large experiences and small moments that have shaped her as a daughter, wife, and writer.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2013]
ISBN: 9780062236678
Branch Call Number: B Patchett P
Characteristics: x, 306 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 21, 2015
  • Thai5357 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I heard the NPR interview and I'm glad I read this. This book of vignettes range from how she became a writer to her divorce and the death of her dog. Her writing style was enjoyable to read and I would recommend this to my friends. This is perhaps the most well-written book I've come across.

Sep 07, 2014
  • CPL_Laura rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

There ought be a better word than essay for essays this engaging, the best of which rival Patchett's finest fiction. I loved the piece on how she came to own her dog, in which she cops to bad behavior. And The Getaway Car, in which she (gently) mocks a class of undergrads that pretentiously whines about writers' block, should be required reading for aspiring writers. The lovely title piece recounts the circuitous route to her present marriage (including a brief affair with a writer named David, who sounds suspiciously like David Foster Wallace).

May 12, 2014
  • LPL_PolliK rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Gorgeous to read, funny and touching. Short stories about writing and books and love and friendship and pets. Beautiful and well-paced.

Mar 20, 2014

"I'm never lonely when I'm around books. It's the world of endless possibility and opportunity to be in that building full of books."

Mar 11, 2014

To provide her with an income to support her fiction writing, Ann Patchett wrote many articles over the years for a wide variety of publications--Vogue, The New York Times, The Bark-- on a number of subjects: her beautiful dog Rose; the start-up of her book store; how to write; how to have a happy marriage; and many other topics. She is smart, funny, opinionated, candid, and a wonderful writer. Patchett makes great company, and this reads like a conversation with a like-minded friend. Highly recommended with a glass of wine or a cup of tea, and a cozy spot to curl up.

Dec 27, 2013
  • DellaV rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a collection of essays by the author, previously published elsewhere. Most of the stories are not all that interesting; however, they are well-written. I gave this book many stars based solely on the story of her marriage, for it's raw honesty and beauty.


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