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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage Hardcover – Deckle Edge, November 5, 2013

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*Starred Review* This is the story of how best-selling novelist Patchett (State of Wonder, 2011) became a
writer. As a young child in California and, after her parents’ divorce, Nashville, she knew she had to write, and she
was fortunate, as she so warmly and vividly explains, in her writing teachers—Allan Gurganus, Grace Paley, and Russell
Banks—and in her success supporting herself by writing nonfiction for magazines and newspapers, beginning with Seventeen
and extending to the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Vogue, and Gourmet. Patchett now assembles a retrospective set of 22
sterling personal essays to form an episodic, piquant, instructive, and entertaining self-portrait. She reflects on her
family, life on a Tennessee farm, literary discipline and inspiration, and her failed first marriage. Her second
marriage is central to her hilarious account of an RV road trip, and the full measure of Patchett’s toughness and daring
surfaces in “The Wall,” a riveting account of her father, a captain when he retired after 30 years on the Los Angeles
police force, coaching her as she takes the grueling admission test for the Los Angeles Police Academy. A self-described
“workhorse” who has even opened an independent bookstore, Patchett is a commanding and incisive storyteller, whether her
tales are true or imagined. --Donna Seaman

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“I had been so engaged by Ann Patchett’s multifaceted story, so lured in by her confiding voice, that I
forgot I was on the job. […] As the best personal essays often do, Patchett’s is a two-way mirror, reflecting both the
author and her readers.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Patchett’s mastery of nonfiction [is] every bit the equal of her skill as a novelist.” (Shelf Awareness)

“All the essays were a joy to read...No matter your interest, you’ll find words in this book that speak to you.” (Real
Simple)

“Each of the essays is its own delight and resonates with warmth and humor… If read straight through, the book presents
a lovely and lyrical look at a life well lived.” (Library Journal)

“Readable and candid, Patchett’s collection is a joyful celebration of life, love and the written word.” (Kirkus
Reviews)

“Reading Patchett is like spending time with a deeply perceptive longtime pal, or a new friend that one instantly
connects with.” (USA Today)

“[A] sparkling collection.” (The New Yorker)

“Happy marriage, compelling writing and all worthy endeavor requires hard work. That’s Patchett’s strength. And she does
a fine job.” (Miami Herald)

“Patchett … is one of our best contemporary novelists. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage reminds us that she is an
exceptional writer of nonfiction, too. Her prose is a pleasure to read, regardless of genre.” (Dallas Morning News)

“Novelist Ann Patchett’s excellent essay collection ranges from dogs to writing to white-knuckled air travel.”
(Christian Science Monitor)

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