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The Patron Saint of Liars
The Patron Saint of Liars: A Novel | Ann Patchett
St. Elizabeth's is a home for unwed mothers in the 1960s. Life there is not unpleasant, and for most, it is temporary. Not so for Rose, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but not unwed. She plans to give up her baby because she knows she cannot be the mother it needs. But St. Elizabeth's is near a healing spring, and when Rose's time draws near, she cannot go through with her plans, not all of them. And she cannot remain forever untouched by what she has left behind . . . and who she has become in the leaving.
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LibraryCin
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Mehso-so


I listened to the audio, which was fine. I didn‘t like Rose much – for the life of me, I could not figure out why she would have left Thomas. I kept wondering when she would leave Son and Cecelia, too! Although I didn‘t like Rose, I did find her narration more interesting than Son‘s. I did lose a bit of interest when it was Son‘s turn. Cecelia rounded out the POV for the last third of the book. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin I didn‘t like the non-ending. What the heck was that!? I‘ve lowered my rating by a quarter-star for the non-ending. I kept looking at how much time was left in the audio, and thought – am I missing a part!? No, I wasn‘t 5mo
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EadieB
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Pickpick

Late 1960's California. Rose Clinton flees to St. Elizabeth's home for unwed mothers in Habit Kentucky. She doesn't want her mother or her husband to know she is pregnant as she wants to give up her baby. While at the home working as a cook she meets Son, the handyman. Rose decides she will keep her baby as Son has agreed to marry her. Marrying Son is just for show as she has never gotten a divorce from her first husband.

EadieB The reader gets to watch Rose make a mess of her life and I have to admit that I just could not like Rose at all. The book is a page-turner and is broken down into 3 sections (Rose, Son and Cecilia her daughter). I found this Ann Patchett book to be similar to an Anne Tyler book. I liked Patchett's writing but was disappointed in her very abrupt ending which left a lot of loose ends. I would say that the novel cries for a sequel. (edited) 10mo
EadieB If you like books about families then I believe you will like this book. #PatronSaintofLiars #AnnPatchett #BookSpinBingo (edited) 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 10mo
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Kristin_Reads
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Pickpick

4⭐️ || This was Ann Patchett‘s debut novel and it is very well-crafted. There are so many layers to this story, with themes of mother-daughter relationships and leaving vs. staying. This is my fifth Patchett novel this year and I‘m looking forward to her short story collection that comes out in November. This was also my #DoubleSpin pick for August!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
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DivineDiana
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Pickpick

Ann Patchett and I have one thing in common. We were both raised Catholic. This book,her first published novel, is filled with Catholicism. Nuns have an important role, as does cooking,the kitchen,and driving. I wish this was a Book Club read,because I am not sure what to make of Rose, the young woman who leaves her husband, and drives from California to Kentucky to have her baby at a home for unwed mothers. Much ado about mothers and daughters.

Reggie Sounds fascinating-I‘m 1 for 2 with her but I love her writing. 1y
DivineDiana @Reggie Curious. Which one did you like? 1y
Reggie Commonwealth. I absolutely loved that family drama. 1y
DivineDiana @Reggie And not sure why, but that was my least favorite. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I read an interview with Ann Patchett, and she said it was her most autobiographical book. 1y
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DivineDiana
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Latest audiobook! #annpatchettfan

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TrishB
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#authoramonth
Squeezed another one in. Somewhere between a pick and a so-so. (I wish she‘d write shorter chapters!) lovely writing, story dipped a bit but overall enjoyed it.
Unresolved ending really but I didn‘t mind that.

Caroline2 Just reread my review and I preferred the first half of the book? 🤷‍♀️ I‘m not keen on books that keep changing perspectives. I‘m easily confused. 😆 1y
TrishB @Caroline2 I definitely preferred the first half! 1y
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Skygoddess1
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Mehso-so

This was an interesting read, although the audiobook got annoying really quick with the dramatic music between chapters, made the story come off as being like a soap opera. While I liked that it‘s told in three parts by three main characters, I hate that Cecilia is never told the truth about things. #AuthorAMonth #BookspinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Eggs
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Just like its cover, this novel‘s characters are fuzzy, out of focus. They can be endearing but mostly inexplicable and the MC unlikeable. At the same time, I couldn‘t put it down-I had to find out what happened. Patchett has a unique way of portraying mothers... 3.5/5 ⭐️

#authoramonth2021 @Soubhiville
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

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Q84
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Starting this for #AuthorAMonth

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Cinfhen
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Pickpick

Really enjoyed this story told in three perspectives. It‘s a story about lies, secrets, motherhood, longing & belonging. It definitely dragged in parts but there are so many hidden moments that it makes the wading worthwhile. The main character is really difficult to care about and yet, I couldn‘t stop listening to her story. Credit to Ann Patchett for creating unlikable characters that you still think about. This would be great for bookclub. 👇🏽

Cinfhen I wanted a bit more from the ending but still a really special read. #AAM @Soubhiville and #DoubleSpin @TheAromaofBooks 1y
Cinfhen I hope to read one more Patchett before the month is over♥️😁She‘s quickly joined my list of favorite female authors 1y
Cinfhen If anyone else read this tag me because I have a thought but it may be potentially spoiler-ish 😉 (edited) 1y
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TrishB I‘ve started this one - but I will read this one too this month. I‘m really enjoying them. 1y
Cinfhen I haven‘t read Taft @TrishB but the author said it‘s her least favorite novel she wrote. I think im gonna try another NF she wrote 1y
Megabooks This is now on my list to try to get to this month. I‘m listening to Bel Canto now for both aam and the pop21 prompt. I love Happy Marriage!! I‘ve read it three times, I think. 1y
Cinfhen Bel canto seems the biggest departure from all the other books I‘ve read by her, but I still loved it. I‘m looking forward to Happy Marriage now that I have more context of her earlier life @Megabooks 1y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook I really enjoyed this one! 1y
Cinfhen @MommyWantsToReadHerBook have you read Dutch House too? Did you see the similarities in the stories??? 1y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Cinfhen no, I haven't yet! 😢 I'll look out for that! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
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Cinfhen
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This book is FANTASTIC/ it does drag in certain places but it‘s still SO GOOD. Amazing that this is Ann Patchett‘s debut. #AAM

Cinfhen I think you would love this one @TrishB 💗 1y
Cinfhen Set in Kentucky @Megabooks 🎉😁 1y
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Megabooks @Cinfhen Yes, I read that! I know she taught writing at Murray State University in southwest KY around this time. I‘d like to get to this before the month is out! 1y
Cinfhen She mentions Owensboro a lot @Megabooks 1y
Ericalambbrown I loved The Dutch House! I‘ve been intending to find more of her work. Stacked! 📚 1y
TrishB I‘m hoping to get to this month 👍🏻 1y
Cinfhen It‘s really a full bodied story @Ericalambbrown @TrishB so many great reveals ~ it feels long on audio but I‘m really enjoying the story. 1y
CarolynM I'm glad there are some more great Ann Patchetts for me to read🙂 Stacked. 1y
Cinfhen I think you‘re gonna like it a lot @CarolynM definitely similar vibes of Run and Dutch House 1y
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Cinfhen
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Continuing my love affair with Ann Patchett 💕🎧 So far this one is not disappointing 🙌🏻 It‘s my #DoubleSpin @TheAromaofBooks and another choice for #AAM @Soubhiville

I‘m really curious about this book in particular, because Ann references the writing of this novel in her memoir Truth and Beauty. I believe it‘s her debut❤️ #Hoopla

Cinfhen They just mentioned Owensboro @Megabooks 😉 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Always fabulous when an author fits your reading tastes!! 1y
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Addison_Reads
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#CuriousCovers @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

All my covers are books I'm reading this month. I finished this one already and enjoyed it. 😁

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚👏🏻 1y
Eggs ☑️👏🏻🔘 1y
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Bookwormjillk
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Pickpick

A good book with a disappointing ending.

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TrishB
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Good job the kindle version is only Qa.99 ?

emmaturi What?? That is nuts! 1y
charl08 Yowzers! 1y
Hooked_on_books Gee, you didn‘t want the hardcover? 😉 1y
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TrishB @Hooked_on_books I want it even more now 😁 1y
Caroline2 I really enjoyed this one. 👍 1y
TrishB @Caroline2 hoping to squeeze in this month. 1y
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Addison_Reads
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Pickpick

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #AuthorAMonth2021 @Soubhiville

This is my first time ever reading Ann Patchett so I started with her debut novel.

Rose was such an interesting character to me. Her relationship with Sister Evangeline was simply beautiful, and the contrast between that relationship and all others in her life was heartbreaking.

I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would. 😁

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
rwmg I enjoyed it but it was a bit of a let down because her other books that I had read set such a high bar 2y
Addison_Reads @rwmg that makes me excited to read more by her if they only get better. 2y
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Caroline2
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I love Patchett‘s writing style! I find her books completely immersive, I feel like I live and breath with her characters! Set in a home for unmarried teenage mothers in the 1960s, this is a great, if somber read. It changes character perspectives which I don‘t think worked as I loved the first half when it‘s all about Rose. Still a good 4 star read though. 👍

squirrelbrain Sounds great - stacked! 3y
rwmg Hard to believe it was her first book 3y
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Crazeedi Totally enjoyed this one 3y
ElaineR Such a good writer. You're right about it being immersive. Haven't read this one yet but it's on the shelf somewhere. 3y
Mjm1 I can‘t wait to read this 3y
BethanysBookBox Interesting! Adding it to my list! 3y
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Kathleen27

This is the first Ann Patchett book I read. I loved it and have read every book she's written since.

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rwmg
Patron Saint of Liars | Ann Patchett
Pickpick

Disappointing but only because she sets the bar so high with her other books. It felt like we were building to a big reveal which didn't happen. Still a pick but only just

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rwmg
Patron Saint of Liars | Ann Patchett

“That‘s why you can eat cheesecake,” she said, and sighed. “Because you don‘t. That‘s the way it works.”

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rwmg
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cariashley
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Pickpick

I finished this last weekend but have been too busy to post. Ann Patchett is one of my very favorite writers, but I was a little nervous about reading her first book after seeing mixed reviews. It‘s true that this started out strong and then the plot lost a little steam with some perspective shifts, but I really liked it all the same. Her writing is just so captivating, and Rose was a compelling (albeit infuriating) protagonist.

+#PercyCat🐱

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cariashley
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The weather has been awful all day here but I‘m pretty content settling in with my newest read and a bottle of red blend at my favorite local winery. #vineyardreads

Kaye Excellent book 🌟 4y
cariashley @kaye great to hear, I‘ve seen mixed reviews! But she‘s one of my very favorite writers so 🤞 4y
BarbaraBB Great photo! 4y
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Cathythoughts I havnt heard of this one ( only liked Bel Canto) ... I‘ll look out for your review! I see @kaye says excellent 👍🏻👍🏻 4y
cariashley @BarbaraBB thank you! ☺️ 4y
cariashley @Cathythoughts Bel Canto is my favorite of hers, so we‘ll see how this one goes. So far so good! 4y
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Allietaylor16
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I‘m visiting Asheville for the first time and stopped in Battery Park Book Exchange. There‘s a champagne bar! Perfection.

Tamra Asheville was fun when we visited! Have you hit Malaprop‘s? 4y
Allietaylor16 @Tamra yes! Loved it!! 4y
Tamra @Allietaylor16 I recommend making a trip to Brevard nearby. We camped at the park and the town is artsy with great food. 😁 4y
ScientistSam What a lovely bookstore/bar! 4y
CouronneDhiver Ooo! 😍😍 4y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
Pickpick

3 ⭐⭐⭐. This is Patchett's debut and her gift for creating believable characters is there. But I did feel this dragged in many parts.

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Rubymontalvo
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I loved the writing from the beginning and recommend the book for its beautiful prose. The characters and setting are well-developed and even if the story left me feeling somewhat dissatisfied it‘s a good read.

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! And check out @LitsyWelcomeWagon to get more connected. There are links to tips for navigating Litsy in the profile. 4y
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out @LitsyHappenings for details. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 4y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🎈🎈 4y
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CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 🎉 4y
Lel2403 Welcome to Litsy 📖 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 4y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 4y
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jdiehr
Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book despite one of the main characters being hard to understand and relate to. The truth usually serves you better than lies.

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jdiehr

"There were so many things I needed to know, how to fix a car, how to lie. My mother taught me how to put on eyeliner without smudging it, but life was going to take more than that."

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Pickpick

I loved it. Ann Patchett's beautiful writing drew me in and I liked the different POVs. The only thing I would have wanted to be different was to understand more about Rose and her motivations. A lovely read.

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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I don't recall who posted about the Kindle deal on this a few days ago, but thanks! I'm really liking it so far. Had a really bad day and feel like I'm NEVER going to finish Mr Biswas, but at least I could enjoy reading a bit of this one earlier this evening.

JoScho Look @kaye another book with Liar in the title 😀 4y
Kaye Yep I read this before. It‘s very good ! 4y
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Insightsintobooks
Patron Saint of Liars | Ann Patchett
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I've never read Ann Patchett, but I figured I'll give her a try since this book is only 2.99 today. 😁😀

Dragon I liked this one. 4y
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C.Perone
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I think I liked this book, I don‘t know; I read it in another century 😁

#ReadingResolutions Day4 #CoolCover

Cinfhen Sounds good, I‘ve come to love Ann Patchett 5y
C.Perone @Cinfhen It must‘ve been good, otherwise I wouldn‘t have kept it for 23yrs 😄 5y
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Melkyl
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This is an interesting novel. The main character, Rose, was one that caused conflict for me. I could empathize with her despair as a woman trapped in a time period that did not offer many options for women, yet she was infuriating as a wife and a mother. This is quite a good book. #192019 #MountTBR

Tjackson I really ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ this book! 5y
Zelma I haven‘t gotten to any more Patchett, but I‘d really liked this one. 5y
Richryan52 If you like Holmes I hope you‘ll consider backing it 5y
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cariashley
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So, so excited to visit Parnassus in Nashville today; Ann Patchett is one of my faves. It‘s a really special place and the main reason my mom and I are here for the weekend! Although the hot chicken hasn‘t been bad either 😋

Reviewsbylola How fun!! 😍 5y
erinreads Definitely on my bucket list of bookstores to visit! 😍 5y
BookaholicNatty Funnn!!! I love book stores and I hope for my 35th birthday I will be able to take a Little Road trip to some I have wanted to visit! 5y
cariashley @erinreads this one should definitely be on your list! I‘m turning 35 this year too, by the way @BookaholicNatty 😊 (edited) 5y
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vlwelser
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Pickpick

This book was really great. I definitely recommend it. 💖📚

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Jessicareadingwala
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Book 3 in my Pre-road trip through Kentucky reading list! So many books, so little time.

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SheReadsAndWrites
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How does one celebrate book release day? Why, going to the bookstore, of course. 🤓❤️ #bookstorebooty

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Deborah42
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After three years in a disappointing marriage, Rose finds out that she is pregnant. Not wanting to be trapped in her life, she abandons her husband and ends up at St. Elizabeth‘s Home for Unwed Mothers. She intends to give up her baby, but things change and she settles into a new job and family. Even as she makes a place for herself and her daughter, Rose is always fighting the urge to run away.

Lovely writing, but a disappointing ending.

Aseleener Agreed! I really enjoyed the book, but quite disappointed by the ending. 4y
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ATB
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My Dad should be a billionaire by now.

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BookishMarginalia
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Lovely care package from #LitsyPenPals @britt_brooke 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 I love everything! The book is from Parnassus Books! And signed by Ann Patchett herself! I've wanted to read it for the longest time 👍🏼The pins are spot on, and the Nashville souvenirs are so fun -- thank you so much, Brittany!

britt_brooke I'm so happy you like the goodies!! 😘 5y
BookishMarginalia @britt_brooke Love them! 💜😘 5y
britt_brooke @BookishMarginalia ☺️☺️☺️ 5y
kamoorephoto I really loved that book! 5y
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MrBook
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Ann Patchett worked at "Seventeen" magazine for nine years! 1 out of every 5 articles she wrote was accepted. She left the magazine after a dispute with an editor, exclaiming, "I'll never darken your door again!" Too bad for "Seventeen", eh? #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

Joyfulmimi I loved "The Patron Saint of Liars" 5y
britt_brooke I love love love her Nashville book shop!! Of her books, I've only read Bel Canto (not a fan), but I plan to read Commonwealth at some point. 5y
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KVanRead
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Glad I finally read her first novel. It's sad and strange with maybe just a tad too much Catholic mystery for this lapsed Catholic. The writing and characters are very good, and the plot is initially extremely engrossing but gets increasingly uneven through the three sections. The ending was the weakest part for me, but still for every bit that screams rookie, there are bits that cut right through you and sing of all the brilliant books to come.

KVanRead Was interested to discover there was a TV movie with Dana Delaney and Ellen Burstyn. 5y
britt_brooke Great review. 👏🏻 5y
KVanRead @britt_brooke Thanks! It was an interesting read! 5y
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kyraleseberg
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This book is a pick but thinking about it makes me wonder why. We never really get to know the MC, though neither does anyone else in the story. She's full of mystery, her reasoning completely impossible to understand and yet... You want to keep reading to try and draw your own conclusions. The end of the book makes you feel like she's left you, just as she did her family at the beginning of the story.

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KVanRead
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House-in-escrow hoops all jumped through for now, a fantastic gin and tonic, Vince Garibaldi playing in honor of my new #Snoopy Vans (Snoopy's my favorite), and time to finally kick back and read with my catpanion #Zeus. Hello Friday night!

LeahBergen Zeus looks like he wants a G&T, too. 5y
Grrlbrarian Congrats on the house! 🎉🎉🎉 5y
DebinHawaii Yay on the house! 🎉 🐱❤️too! 5y
KVanRead @LeahBergen Ha! I wouldn't put it past him. He loves lattes. 5y
KVanRead @Grrlbrarian @DebinHawaii Thanks! We are still waiting on the appraisal before we can close, but after a loony week of meeting lender requirements things are looking really good. Can't wait for it to be done though- haven't moved in 10 years and forgot how crazy stressful it is! 5y
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kyraleseberg
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This has been on my TBR for 2 years so when it was a Kindle Daily Deal recently, I had to grab it! Starting this evening once the kiddo is in bed.

Dragon I enjoyed this one 👍 5y
kyraleseberg @Dragon I'm about 20% in and really enjoying it, it's tough to put down! 5y
Dragon Glad to hear that @kyraleseberg 😀🐉 5y
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KVanRead
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Sticking with Patchett since I enjoyed Commonwealth so much. I hated coming to the end of it and then I remembered this one has been waiting patiently on #TBRMountain for quite some time. Yay! Really liking it so far. #BirthdayChallenge #1992

Zelma I really liked this book! 👍 6y
KVanRead @Zelma I'm about 100 pages in and I am loving it! 6y
chapter_fifty2017 A great author !! 5y
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KVanRead @chapter_fifty2017 Yes! I love her. Do you have a favorite? 5y
chapter_fifty2017 I really loved 'state of wonder ' and 'truth and beauty ' was a beautifully written true story , i have yet to read patron saint of liars also 'bel-canto has a lot of cred !! 5y
KVanRead @chapter_fifty2017 I loved State of Wonder, and also Run. Bel Canto was my first and probably still my favorite. Truth and Beauty's on the TBR still. 5y
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kyraleseberg
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Grabbed this Kindle deal today, it has been on my TBR foreverrrr!

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Ubookquitous
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#lies made me think of this novel by Ann Pritchett #maybookflowers

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LisaJo
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#LyricalApril #BitterSweetSymphony This was my first Ann Patchett book. She was coming to speak at a festival where I live, and I wanted to read one of her books before she spoke. Huge fan of hers now. This tugged at all my feelings.

Cinfhen Exactly what a good book is meant to do! I'm hit or miss with Patchett but will check out this title. (edited) 6y
Zelma I really liked this one too! Haven't read any more from her but I definitely plan to. 6y
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erinreads
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Going down to Richmond to visit friends for the weekend and will have zero time to read, but you gotta have options, right? 📚

Sace Is that a tablet on top? I love that cover. 6y
erinreads @Sace Yeah, it's a Kindle Paperwhite. Thank you. ☺️ 6y
Jinjer By all means!!! Better to have books with u & not have time to read than to be caught in a period of nothing to do without a book handy!😬 6y
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