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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Patchett Narrator: Ann Patchett Publisher: HarperCollins 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, Run, and Bel Canto, examines her deepest commitments—to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband—creating a resonant portrait of a life in This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

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

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

Ann Patchett is the author of several previous novels including The Patron Saint of Liars, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Taft, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize; and The Magician’s Assistant. She has written for many publications including the New York Times, Atlantic, the Washington Post, and Vogue. She lives in Nashville.