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The Resource Commonwealth : a novel, Ann Patchett

Commonwealth : a novel, Ann Patchett

Label
Commonwealth : a novel
Title
Commonwealth
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Ann Patchett
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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"--
Summary
A five-decade saga tracing the impact of an act of infidelity on the parents and children of two Southern California families traces their shared summers in Virginia and the disillusionment that shapes their lasting bond.
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • Australian Book Industry Awards, International Book of the Year, 2017.
  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2016.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2016
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10494587
Cataloging source
TDS
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Patchett, Ann
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Family secrets
  • Stepfamilies
  • Book clubs (Discussion groups)
  • Group reading
  • Family secrets
  • Stepfamilies
Target audience
adult
Label
Commonwealth : a novel, Ann Patchett
Instantiates
Publication
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Title from book
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn985522049
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Harper Perennial edition.
Extent
322 pages
Isbn
9780062491831
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)985522049
Label
Commonwealth : a novel, Ann Patchett
Publication
Note
Title from book
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn985522049
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Harper Perennial edition.
Extent
322 pages
Isbn
9780062491831
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)985522049

Library Locations

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