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Commonwealth (Paperback)

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The lives of six children and their four parents are merged when an uninvited party guest sparks the dissolution of two marriages. So begins Ann Patchett’s ambitious suburban epic, tracing 50 years of secrets and resentments, loss and loyalty. Scenes across decades are dropped for the reader to gather—nonlinear, yet told in somehow perfect order. An impressionistic portrait that makes logical sense from afar but holds impeccable emotional realism and thoughtfulness in each stroke.

— Julia

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#1 New York Times Bestseller

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062491831
ISBN-10: 0062491830
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English

 

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