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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Patchett Narrator: Ann Patchett Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2004 ISBN:
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The author of Bel Canto, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, and long-running New York Times best seller, turns to nonfiction in a moving chronicle of her decades-long friendship with the critically acclaimed and recently deceased author, Lucy Grealy.

What happens when the person who is your family is someone you aren't bound to by blood? What happens when that person is not your lover, but your best friend? In her frank and startlingly intimate first work of nonfiction, Truth & Beauty, Ann Patchett shines light on the little-explored 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 Writer's Workshop began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work. In her critically acclaimed memoir, Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy wrote about the first half of her life. In Truth & Beauty, the story isn't Lucy's life or Ann's life but the parts of their lives they shared together. This is a portrait of unwavering commitment that spans 20 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 is what it means to be part of two lives that are intertwined.

This is a tender, brutal book about loving the 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Joyal | 2/8/2014

    " I really love this book. Lucy is a very compelling person and Ann Patchett writes so beautifully about her and their friendship. Relationships are messy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon Money | 1/30/2014

    " My favorite idea that she conveys is that she can no more "quit" her friend, Lucy, who she loves as much as anybody, than Lucy can "quit" her drug use. We can't choose who we love and who we're going to stop loving, usually regardless of how much they hurt us or themselves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/29/2014

    " Read Autobiography of a Face then read Truth and Beauty. They give you two different perspectives on the life of Lucy Grealy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 melita | 1/22/2014

    " i loved this book! it's about the friendship between ann patchett and lucy grealy, she wrote the "autobiography of a face", and what lengths you will go to help someone you love. i cried. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juls | 1/6/2014

    " One of the best books I've read in a while. True friendship is an enduring, infuriating and all encompassing love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toni | 12/29/2013

    " This book was a really good non-fiction read. I often struggle with reading books that aren't fiction, so I was unsure whether I would like it or not, but I really wanted to see how Ann depicted her friendship with Lucy. She didn't glorify their relationship or make it seem prettier or nicer than it was. She painted a real portrait of a friendship with good parts and ugly parts, making the book relatable and engaging. I'm going to recommend it to my best friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 12/20/2013

    " I was shopping in the Kindle store for the new Patchett book (I loved Bel Canto) and decided to purchase this instead because it was cheaper. I didn't realize it was autobiographical until I was well into it. The book is mostly about her relationship with Lucy Grealy and their struggles to become published authors. The book was good by itself, but I became much more interested in it when I discovered that Lucy had her own book and that both books stirred up some controversy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly Hammer | 12/5/2013

    " I thought it would be more about their friendship but it was a very one-sided story of Lucy's selfishness and likely underlying mental illness. It may have just been a very one-sided friendship. It was an interesting read with a sad but predictable ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie (julie37619) | 11/29/2013

    " A beautiful portrait of friendship - I definitely recommend reading it along with Autobiography of a Face and Suellen Grealy's Guardian aritcle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gisele | 11/11/2013

    " Hard to read story of how we cope with challenges life presents to us ---- and how we make these challenges incomprehensibly worse... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy-Sug | 10/18/2013

    " This is a story about Ann Patchett's close friendship with Lucy Greeley. This book made me appreciate how "normal" my friends are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh Spence | 8/30/2013

    " Ann Patchett is perfection. That is it, pure and simple. I want to be friends with her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha S | 8/9/2013

    " A sad but beautifullly written story about love and friendship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/22/2013

    " Sad but beautiful memoir about the relationship between two successful modern women authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 7/1/2013

    " A beautiful and yet completely disfunctional friendship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anja | 6/21/2013

    " I can see why she had to write this book BUT ... it is kind of tedious for the rest of us to have to read. Bits though are beautifully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 6/3/2013

    " I read this as the March selection for Real Simple Magazine's "No Obligation Book Club.". It was okay. Interesting topic, but overall I found it a bit tiresome. I did want to see how it ended so I persevered, but it's not a book I would have chosen to read on my own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine montgomery | 3/14/2012

    " Wow! Powerful and exhausting. It is the true story of two women and their deep friendship. They meet in college and both become well known writers. It involves addictions and how we can wrongly think we are loving someone by never saying "no more"! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/27/2012

    " A poignant,sad account of one woman's struggle with her post-cancer face, men, and her writing. The tragedy of this gifted writer's spiral down is documented in this book by her dear friend. Well-written and compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz DeCoster | 1/15/2012

    " A profound portrait of a difficult but meaningful friendship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 12/24/2011

    " What a gorgeous read! I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a really close friend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcie | 10/3/2011

    " Good but strange and disturbing at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan Winnek | 9/26/2011

    " This memoir is beautiful and heart-breaking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber Rich | 9/11/2011

    " A very well-written look into the "ant" side of a co-depended relationship. While it was interesting to read because the ladies are interesting, I'm not sure that I formed a relationship with either of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 6/26/2011

    " Read her first book. Even better. I think she has a new one out now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 6/26/2011

    " Lucy was too kind about the pain and suffering she went through in Autobiography of a Face. Ann tells the story of the 30+ surgeries Lucy had. An excellent story (?) of friendship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francine | 6/23/2011

    " stunning. ann patchett is a wonderful storyteller. the story itself is tragic and sad, endearing and horrifying, but the journey patchett takes you on is unforgettable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 6/14/2011

    " Loved, loved, loved this memoir. An amazing story of a somewhat one-sided friendship. Interesting to read about the story of these two friends, both talented writers and bright women. Terrifically well-written, and I'm on my way to reading more from Ann Patchett. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 5/25/2011

    " This book was amazing. A truly unique story coupled with the ultimate universal theme of friendship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 5/17/2011

    " I like Ann Patchett and it was cool to read more about her life and her friendship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nora | 5/16/2011

    " Curious to read Lucy Grealy's memoir. Sad, but seemingly honest, account/witnessing of a friend's descent into despair and ultimately death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 5/10/2011

    " Read this one a few years ago and really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 5/9/2011

    " I loved Lucy Greely's Autobiography of a Face, so I was disappointed to learn that she took advantage of people constantly and really just came across as someone who wanted to be famous. I was expecting a more lyric style from Patchett too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 4/24/2011

    " I love every other book by Ann Patchett (not so much with Taft, but even that was a decent read). With this one, the writing was fine, but I found I didn't like Ann Patchett as much by the end. She came across like a bit of an intellectual elitist--snob--and fairly self-centered. "

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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.