This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

by Ann Patchett

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Overview

Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of  Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto, examines her deepest commitments—to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband—creating a resonant portrait of a life in This 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062236692
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 91,045
File size: 458 KB

About the Author

Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and three books of non-fiction. She has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction three times; with The Magician's Assistant in 1998, winning the prize with Bel Canto in 2002, and was most recently shortlisted with State of Wonder in 2012. She is also the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl, and their dog Sparky.
Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and three books of non-fiction. She has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction three times; with The Magician's Assistant in 1998, winning the prize with Bel Canto in 2002, and was most recently shortlisted with State of Wonder in 2012. She is also the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl, and their dog Sparky.

Hometown:

Nashville, Tennessee

Date of Birth:

December 2, 1963

Place of Birth:

Los Angeles, California

Education:

B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1985; M.F.A., University of Iowa, 1987

Table of Contents

Nonfiction, an Introduction 1

How to Read a Christmas Story 16

The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir about Writing and Life 27

The Sacrament of Divorce 92

The Paris Match 106

This Dog's Life 112

The Best Seat in the House 122

My Road to Hell Was Paved 132

Tennessee 151

On Responsibility 163

The Wall 170

Fact vs. Fiction 231

My Life in Sales 245

"The Love Between the Two Women Is Not Normal" 259

The Right to Read 280

Do Not Disturb 294

Introduction to The Best American Short Stories 2006 304

Love Sustained 317

The Bookstore Strikes Back 338

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage 358

Our Deluge, Drop by Drop 409

Dog without End 414

The Mercies 427

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