Please join us in reading Commonwealth by Anne Patchett for our monthly pick.
We will be reviewing Commonwealth along with our book club discussion questions for June 30th, 2017.
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.
Here’s Ann Patchett talking about her novel Commonwealth.
Here’s what being said about Commonwealth:
“Exquisite… Commonwealth is impossible to put down.” New York Times
“Patchett’s storytelling has never seemed more effortlessly graceful. This is minimalism that magically speaks volumes…” Washington Post
“splendid new novel… Just try to stop reading. And you won’t want to. Patchett is in stellar form.” USA Today
“Spinning ordinary lives into literary gold” Seattle Times