Length: 306 pages
Audiobook Length: 11 hours and 36 minutes
First Published: 2013
In a series of essays, Patchett writes about what is most important and the moments throughout her life that have shaped her. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a collection of Patchett’s previous writings, a hodge-podge of her best works that didn’t exactly mesh together into one coherent piece. While some of the articles, such as the title essay, were excellent, other selections were merely mediocre.
Stretching from her childhood to the present day, from a disastrous early marriage to a later happy one, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage covers a multitude of topics, including relationships with family and friends, and charts the hard work and joy of writing, and the unexpected thrill of opening a bookstore.
As she shares stories of the people, places, ideals, and art to which she has remained indelibly committed, Ann Patchett brings into focus the large experiences and small moments that have shaped her as a daughter, wife, and writer.
About Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett is the author of eight novels, four nonfiction books, and one children’s book. Her works include The Patron Saint of Liars, Bel Canto, Commonwealth, These Precious Days, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, and The Dutch House. She is the co-owner of the bookstore Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee where she lives with her husband. Visit the author’s website →