Truth & Beauty: A Friendship

Ann Patchett (Author)
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Description

What happens when the person who is your family is someone you aren't bound to by blood? What happens when the person you promise to love and to honor for the rest of your life is not your lover, but your best friend? In Truth & Beauty, her frank and startlingly intimate first work of nonfiction, Ann Patchett shines a fresh, revealing light on the world of women's friendships and shows us what it means to stand together.

Ann Patchett and Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, and, after enrolling in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work was. In her critically acclaimed and hugely successful memoir, Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy wrote about losing part of her jaw to childhood cancer, the years of chemotherapy and radiation, and then the endless reconstructive surgeries. In Truth & Beauty, the story isn't Lucy's life or Ann's life, but the parts of their lives they shared. This is a portrait of unwavering commitment that spans twenty years, from the long, cold winters of the Midwest, to surgical wards, to book parties in New York. Through love, fame, drugs, and despair, this book shows us what it means to be part of two lives that are intertwined.

This is a tender, brutal book about loving a person we cannot save. It is about loyalty, and about being lifted up by the sheer effervescence of someone who knew how to live life to the fullest.

A Freshman Common Read at Miami University (with Autobiography of a Face), Clemson College

Product Details

Price
$15.99  $14.71
Publisher
Harper Perennial
Publish Date
April 05, 2005
Pages
272
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.69 X 8.02 inches | 0.47 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780060572150
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About the Author

strong >ANN PATCHETT is the author of seven novels, The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician's Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder, and Commonwealth. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written three books of nonfiction, Truth & Beauty, about her friendship with the writer, Lucy Grealy, What now? an expansion of her graduation address at Sarah Lawrence College, and, most recently, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, a collection of essays.

Reviews

"An inspired duet...riveting."--Joyce Carol Oates--New York Times Book Review
"A contemporary story of friendship and the writing life at once intense, honest, and heartbreaking. Highly recommended."--Library Journal (starred review)
"{a} loving, clear-sighted portrayal.."--Elle
"Unforgettable...carefully rendered and breathtaking."--Chicago Sun-Times
"...lyrical, lovely...Patchett has preserved her friend's talent in this book, and provided more evidence of her own."--BookPage