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Harper Large Print
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6.0 X 9.0 X 1.0 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Ann Patchett is the author of novels, most recently the #1 New York Times bestselling Tom Lake, works of nonfiction, and children's books. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the PEN/Faulkner, the Women's Prize in the U.K., and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her novel The Dutch House was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. Time magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. President Biden awarded her the National Humanities Medal in recognition of her contributions to American culture. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the owner of Parnassus Books. Visit her at


Praise for Commonwealth:
"Patchett brings humanity, humor, and a disarming affection to lovable, struggling characters... Irresistible." -- Library Journal

"Exquisite... Commonwealth is impossible to put down." -- New York Times

"(A) rich and engrossing new novel ..." -- New York Times Book Review

"Indeed, this is Patchett's most autobiographical novel, a sharply funny, chilling, entrancing, and profoundly affecting look into one family's "commonwealth," its shared affinities, conflicts, loss, and love." -- Booklist

"...a funny, sad, and ultimately heart-wrenching family portrait...Patchett elegantly manages a varied cast of characters...[Patchett is] at her peak in humor, humanity, and understanding people in challenging situations." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The prose is lean and inviting...A satisfying meat-and-potatoes domestic novel from one of our finest writers." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Wonderfully executed..." -- Marie Claire

"Commonwealth is a smart, thoughtful novel about the ties that bind us." -- Pop Sugar

"Commonwealth is an all-American family saga, but her touching and even-handed approach to themes such as family politics, love, the role of literature and the acidic nature of lies is buoyed by a generous sprinkling of matter-of-fact humor" -- BookPage

"Commonwealth bursts with keen insights into faithfulness, memory and mortality... [An] ambitious American epic..." -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Patchett's storytelling has never seemed more effortlessly graceful. This is minimalism that magically speaks volumes..." -- Washington Post

"The genius of the way Patchett approached Commonwealth is that it's constructed like a puzzle... Maybe it's another case of the tried-and-true adage: "Write what you know." Because this book? It's pure gangbusters." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"moving, beautifully crafted novel..." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Commonwealth is a sly book about storytelling, a story about a single incident - really two pivotal incidents - spun out over the length of a narrative constructed like a conversation but encompassing decades." -- Kansas City Star

"splendid new novel... Just try to stop reading. And you won't want to. Patchett is in stellar form." -- USA Today

"... the emotional intelligence of Patchett's storytelling here feels warmer and richer and more resonant than anything she's done before." Rating: A -- Entertainment Weekly

"close obervation, deadpan humor... Chekhov regularly invoked" -- Wall Street Journal

"Patchett gives us funny, flawed characters, and the rich reward of Commonwealth is seeing their lives unfold..." -- Houston Chronicle

"a wry, compassionate tale" -- Christian Science Monitor

" create a story with 10 protagonists that spans 50 years - and at least five settings spread across the globe - is a balancing act that requires immense narrative skill, and Patchett never falters." -- Knoxville News-Sentinel

"Reading Commonwealth is a transporting experience... It feels like Patchett's most intimate novel and is without doubt one of her best." -- Los Angeles Times

"Wonderful... Patchett is a master storyteller" -- O, the Oprah Magazine

"Spinning ordinary lives into literary gold" -- Seattle Times

"[A] memorable, modern novel" -- Flavorwire

"Ann Patchett's gifts are more clear than ever in Commonwealth" -- Dallas Morning News

"Patchett's storytelling here feels warmer and richer and more resonant than anything she's done before." -- Entertainment Weekly