Ann Patchett
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Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett was born in Los Angeles in 1963 and raised in Nashville. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. In 1990, she won a residential fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars. It was named a New York Times Notable Book for 1992. In 1993, she received a Bunting Fellowship from the Mary Ingrahm Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College. Patchett's second novel, Taft, was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best work of fiction in 1994. Her third novel, The Magician's Assistant, was short-listed for England's Orange Prize and earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship.Her next novel, Bel Canto, won both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in 2002, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. It was named the Book Sense Book of the Year. It sold more than a million copies in the United States and has been translated into thirty languages. In 2004, Patchett published Truth & Beauty, a memoir of her friendship with the writer Lucy Grealy. It was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Entertainment Weekly. Truth & Beauty was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Alex Award from the American Library Association. She was also the editor of Best American Short Stories 2006.Patchett has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times magazine, Harper's, The Atlantic,The Washington Post, Gourmet, and Vogue. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, Karl VanDevender.

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    • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • By: Ann Patchett
    • Narrated by: Ann Patchett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
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    Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto examines her deepest commitments: to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining, engrossing, and elucidative essays

    • By Bonny on 01-07-14

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    • Bel Canto

    • By: Ann Patchett
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
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    Ann Patchett’s award winning, New York Times best-selling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language. The author’s lyrical prose and lucid imagination make Bel Canto a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of transcendent romance....

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    • By Mel on 03-01-13

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    • Commonwealth

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    • By Jeanie M. Phillips on 09-19-16

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    • State of Wonder

    • A Novel
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    • The Patron Saint of Liars

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    • Run

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    • Uneven

    • By Patti on 07-24-09

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    • The Magician's Assistant

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    • By Pamela Harvey on 06-10-08

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    • The Dutch House

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    Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. He first buys the Dutch House. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves....

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    • Truth & Beauty

    • A Friendship
    • By: Ann Patchett
    • Narrated by: Ann Patchett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The author of Bel Canto turns to nonfiction in a moving chronicle of her decades-long friendship with the critically acclaimed and recently deceased author, Lucy Grealy....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • It got better....

    • By Suzn F on 02-20-12

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    • What Now?

    • By: Ann Patchett
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    • Length: 53 mins
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    Based on her lauded commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College, this stirring essay by best-selling author Ann Patchett offers hope and inspiration....

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    • By Annie M. on 06-17-08

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