Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Commonwealth: a Novel / Ann Patchett, 322 pp.

I always love Patchett's smooth, flowing writing style and the truth of her stories.  This one tells of the lives of the Keatings and the Cousins, 2 families blended by divorce and remarriage.  Spanning about 40 years and set in southern California, Virginia, and Chicago, among other places, it's about ordinary people in love and in conflict, and how those people define family.  I enjoyed reading Commonwealth and was sorry to finish; it felt like the skeleton of a big American epic novel that was never quite fleshed out.

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