Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Book Review: This Is The Story of A Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

I think by now the entire world is aware of the fact that Ann Patchett is my favorite living author.  If she writes it, I will be reading it.  So, obviously, I was thrilled to have the chance to review this one through TLC tours.  It's a collection of essays that Patchett has previously published in a wide array of periodicals with a wide array of themes - from writing to her bookstore to pets, she's got something about everything important in her life.

I mean, it's Ann Patchett.  So of course, it's amazing.  I just love her style so much, both in fiction and non-fiction.  Each of these essays captures something unique about her style and you can almost hear her telling you the stories.  I think her essays easily rival her fiction.  There aren't enough good things to say about her writing where I'm concerned.

Entertainment Value
I loved them all, but I definitely had some favorites.  I loved "The Getaway Car", about the act of writing and her own personal experiences as a writer as well as her advice to aspiring authors.  I also loved the title story, "This Is The Story of A Happy Marriage".  And, of course, having visited her bookstore, Parnassus, in September, I enjoyed the essay about it, "The Bookstore Strikes Back."  Another favorite was "This Dog's Life", about her dog's life and how she loved and then lost her.  Having just lost our cat-child, Sly, it really touched a nerve for me.

I've already loaned my copy to a friend, and I plan to keep passing it around until everyone I know has had a chance to read it.  Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy right away.

Thank you to TLC for a chance to review this book.  Click here to see the other stops on the tour.


  1. Sounds like you won't be getting this book back for quite a while! :)

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  2. Wow, I'm impressed you think her essays rival her fiction. I'm a big fan of her fiction, but haven't read any of her non-fiction. Guess I'll have to change that!

  3. I haven't been on the blogs lately but this is the second great review I've read of this recently. I wondered about this because I wasn't sure that I'd like her essays just because I liked her novels, but sounds like I should check this out too!