Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth, on tour September/October 2016

Posted By on September 12, 2016

commonwealth-coverAbout Commonwealth

• Hardcover: 336 pages
• Publisher: Harper (September 13, 2016)

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.

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Photo by Melissa Ann Pinney

Photo by Melissa Ann Pinney

About Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and three books of nonfiction. She has won many prizes, including Britain’s Orange Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books.

Find out more about Ann on her website and follow her bookstore, Parnassus Books, on Twitter.

Tour Stops

Tuesday, September 13th: BookNAround

Wednesday, September 14th: Books and Bindings

Thursday, September 15th: Vox Libris

Friday, September 16th: Art @ Home

Friday, September 16th: 5 Minutes For Books

Monday, September 19th: A Bookish Way of Life

Wednesday, September 21st: A Chick Who Reads

Thursday, September 22nd: Tina Says…

Monday, September 26th: bookchickdi

Tuesday, September 27th: Books on the Table

Wednesday, September 28th: Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World

Thursday, September 29th: West Metro Mommy

Monday, October 3rd: Fictionophile

Tuesday, October 4th: Literary Quicksand

Tuesday, October 4th: Luxury Reading

Wednesday, October 5th: Much Madness is Divinest Sense

Thursday, October 6th: Lit and Life

Friday, October 7th: The Well-Read Redhead


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