October’s pick is so easy it’s embarrassing. Ann Patchett’s new novel, COMMONWEALTH, is such an enriching, engaging, uplifting experience that it doesn’t need my help at all. Effortlessly it takes over your life. It’s impossible to put down. It’s delicate, thoughtful, stealthy, intricate. The sentences are a pleasure to read. The characters keep developing and deepening. It rings so true you believe it every step of the way. Patchett knows enough about love and how it grows and changes that the book becomes a mystical revelation of human interaction and inter-dependence. You make so many friends in this book. Especially Franny, but also Holly and Teresa and crazy Albie and wonderful old Fix. Spirits need lifting? Ann Patchett really does the job in this loving, complicated tribute to family.
by Ann Patchett
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FOR FIFTY YEARS
When Bert Cousins invites himself to the christening party at the Keatings’ with a bottle of gin, he sets in motion an upheaval that effects two entire families and the ones they love for generations to come.
Ann Patchett’s compassion for each of her characters allows her to juggle dozens of people searching and surviving, falling in and out of love, and she continues to enrich and redefine them in various stages of their lives throughout a novel so streamlined it almost reads itself.
It’s a big-hearted, easy-access tribute to the complicated way we alter each other’s lives, how we grow and change and learn about ourselves, how we deal with our griefs and guilts, and how we learn to forgive, by one of America’s favorite authors.
Come discuss the book with us!
Nick’s Picks Book Club
University Book Store
4326 University Way NE
The bookstore café
Monday, October 24, 6 pm
NOTE: Because the last Monday of the month is Halloween, please note that our meeting will be one Monday earlier this month, on the 24th.
This novel is the perfect way to wind down from summer’s sunnier joys and settle into the reading pleasures of the fall. It would be great to see you again. Join us the Monday before Halloween for a conversation about a fine American novel. And keep looking for the good ones. — Nick