Ann Patchett is a best-selling novelist and the owner of an independent book store in Nashville. All she’s ever wanted to do with her life is get paid to write fiction, but early in her career, that wasn’t a recipe for financial stability. Instead, she wrote essays. Lots and lots of essays. They appeared in a range of publications from The Atlantic to Outside, and her new book, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, collects twenty-two of them. Taken together, they chronicle her path from a struggling young artist to a confident writer. [Broadcast Date: November 26, 2013]
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