Reviewed by Laura Baaijens
The title of this book is somewhat misleading. Is it about marriage? It comes up, yes, but mostly it’s about life. Ann Patchett’s, and life in general. It’s about the good times and the bad, the work we have to do to realize our dreams and those unexpected things that turn our whole world upside down.
This collection of essays is very personal. Ann Patchett lets the reader into nearly everything she has lived through. Of course every life runs its own unique course, so not every reader might identify with Ann Patchett per se, but it is always interesting to look through someone else’s eyes for a little while. My life, for one, is very different from hers, yet I enjoyed these stories tremendously.
The topics she writes about range from going to the opera to owning a dog, from bad and happy marriages to opening a bookstore, or trying out for the police force. Every chapter is very different from the next one, but they still make perfect sense as a collection.
And because it’s a collection of stories and essays, this book is perfect for reading over a longer period of time, or while commuting. You don’t necessarily have to remember what happened in the previous stories, but you probably will. And you’ll end up feeling like you’ve made a new close friend, or lived an extra life.
Even if, like me, you have never read anything by Ann Patchett before, you can enjoy This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. And her other books will probably sneak their way onto your to-read list afterwards.
(Blogmistress’s note: my apologies for the delay in posting. The Gift Ideas took over most of my time in October and November.)
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