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Author: Ann Patchett Narrator: Ann Patchett Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2013 ISBN: 9780062282873
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Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto examines her deepest commitments: to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband in This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Together these essays, previously published in The Atlantic, Harper's, Vogue, and the Washington Post, form a resonant portrait of a life lived with loyalty and with love.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage takes us into the very real world of Ann Patchett's life. Stretching from her childhood to the present day, from a disastrous early marriage to a later happy one, it 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “She has an authoritative, straightforward voice in exploring some of the milestones of her life…These selections reveal a candid, evolved self-reflection.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A lovely and lyrical look at a life well lived.”

    Library Journal

  • “Patchett is a commanding and incisive storyteller, whether her tales are true or imagined.”


  • “Readable and candid, Patchett’s collection is a joyful celebration of life, love, and the written word. Wise, humane, and always insightful.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the November 2013 Indie Next List
  • A 2014 Indies Choice Book Award Honoree for Adult Nonfiction

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About the Author

Ann Patchett is the author of several novels and books of nonfiction. She has won many prizes, including Britain’s Orange Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her novels Bel Canto and The Patron Saint of Liars have been made into major motion pictures. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She has written for many publications including the New York Times, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and Vogue.