Thursday, January 12, 2017


Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, 322 pages

Bert Cousins unexpectedly shows up at a christening party for Fix Keating's youngest daughter and a quick romantic interlude later, the lives of the Keating and Cousins families are simultaneously exploded and forever intertwined. That's Commonwealth in a nutshell, though the description doesn't do justice (not nearly so) to the rich tapestry that Patchett has woven with these characters. Hopping about in time and characters, Commonwealth shows the long bond that was formed among six step-siblings through years of spending short weeks together each summer, and harboring the secret of the truth behind their brother's death. This was a wonderful book. Highly recommended.

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