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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 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2017.
[St. Peter, Minnesota] : [no publisher identified], 2017.
Edition: First Harper Perennial edition.
ISBN: 9780062491831
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 21 cm


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Aug 02, 2017

A well written story of 2 families (Keatings, Cousins) and how they merge and interconnect over the years. Has an unexpected twists and gradually reveals the dynamics of all.

Mar 03, 2017

A master story-teller she is, transcends ordinary to magical.
It's not flawless, e,g. character's subconscious flashbacks have mixed effects on me, from elucidating, puzzling (or suspenseful at its best), to incongruous at its worst.
Interweaving of different time periods and character interactions seems effortless, but never lose appeal, from the beginning through the end - the end of life of two "virtuous"(Teresa and Fix) while two "evil"(Bert and Beverly) are still well.
Franny is the crux of two families, and I'm intrigued (positive or negative) by author's mastermind to set up her affair with a much older literatus.
I'm looking forward to Ann Pachett's lecture (April, mfa)!

BostonPL_LauraB Jan 30, 2017

Ann Patchett is one of those authors that I can't really describe what it is about her novels that keeps me coming back for more. They aren't necessarily page turners, yet something still compels me to read them. Commonwealth was no different, as I was absorbed by the Cousins and Keating family drama as we bobbed around through the past 60 years. Lovely writing.


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