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  • Truth & Beauty

  • A Friendship
  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Ann Patchett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

The author of Bel Canto, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, and long-running New York Times best seller, 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

A grim tale of unrecovered co-dependency

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-05

I found this book a tragic example of ignorance...as tragic as if it were a discription of the failure of bloodletting to cure diabetes. While the treatment for addiction and co-dependency is not always successful it is available, and I believe that this book really misses the point of the real problems that complicated the incredible difficulties both women faced. Co-dependence and addiction are primary...not secondary problems, and this book is probably one of the most gruesome examples of tragic denial I have ever read...especially as one witnesses the corruption of genuine courage by the disease of addiction and confused co-dependence. Ignorance amplifies the tradegy, and actually serves the denial of readers who may have similar problems. The tragedy here goes on with that omission because if you don't know what you are dealing with you can't deal with it at all. I was actually sorry I bought it.

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