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Commonwealth: A Novel (Mass Market)

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New York Magazine Best Book of The Year

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.

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#1 New York Times Bestseller
NBCC Award Finalist
New York Times Best Book of the Year
USA Today Best Book
TIME Magazine Top 10 Selection
Oprah Favorite Book of 2016
New York Magazine Best Book of The Year

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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ISBN 9780062666437
Length (cm) 10.0000
Width (cm) 2.0000
Height (cm) 17.0000
Publisher Harper Perennial
Publication Date May 2, 2017
Pages (number) 336
Genre Contemporary Fiction
Author Ann Patchett
Signed No
Format Mass Market
Editorial Reviews

“…a funny, sad, and ultimately heart-wrenching family portrait…Patchett elegantly manages a varied cast of characters…[Patchett is] at her peak in humor, humanity, and understanding people in challenging situations.” -Publishers Weekly starred review


“The prose is lean and inviting…A satisfying meat-and-potatoes domestic novel from one of our finest writers.” -Kirkus Reviews starred review

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