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Commonwealth
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
The acclaimed, bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize—tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another.Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.
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Samreamer
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Somehow very simple and yet fascinating. If you read the description of the book, it just talks about people becoming unexpectedly romantically entwined and then what happens after— thus, it took me a long time to convince myself to read it. Glad i did. I had a love/hate relationship with every character (except Burt- f*** Burt) and wanted to know how everyone‘s story ended up. One problem was the jumping timelines- that did get a bit confusing.

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Caroline2
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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I have a new fav author! ‘State of wonder‘ was no fluke! What a fantastic book!! Family saga, intrigue, beautiful writing, fascinating characters, the whole shabam! It‘s a five star read from me! ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CarolynM I loved this one too❤️ 1mo
Crazeedi I've enjoyed several of her books 1mo
Lcsmcat She‘s an auto-buy author for me. 1mo
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Caroline2 @Crazeedi @Lcsmcat I‘ve just ordered two more of her books! 😉 1mo
Crazeedi @Caroline2 😊❤ 1mo
Aseleener I recommend this one next: 1mo
Caroline2 @Aseleener yep! I‘ve just ordered that one! 👍🏻 1mo
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Caroline2
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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I brought six books with me on holiday. So far I‘ve had two bails and one so-so. 🙄 here‘s hoping my last three #dontletmedown 🙏🏻 #beatlemaynia
(I‘m loving commonwealth so far! 👍🏻)

TrishB Oh no........I really enjoyed Commonwealth.... 2mo
Cathythoughts Good luck 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 2mo
eraderneely See, this is why you have to bring six books on holiday! 2mo
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Eggs Thanks so much for joining in the Beatle challenge💗🤗💗 2mo
Tamra Packing for vacation - it‘s tough! 2mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Longitude is really good!! 👍 2mo
Caroline2 @eraderneely exactly!! This what I‘ve been saying to my husband who said six was too many!! 🙄 novice!! 2mo
Caroline2 @TrishB I‘m loving it so far! 👍🏻 god bless Anne Patchett! 😁 2mo
Caroline2 @Eggs it‘s been great fun! 😀 2mo
Caroline2 @Cathythoughts thanks! 🙏🏻 2mo
Caroline2 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled good to know! 👍🏻 2mo
Caroline2 @Tamra it so is!!! 😧 2mo
squirrelbrain I really liked Commonwealth too! 😁 2mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain oh good! 😅 I‘m loving it so far, about halfway through now. 👍🏻 2mo
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EmilieGR
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
Mehso-so

Good ending but not much happens

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Joanster5
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Mehso-so

This book just didn‘t interest me enough. I liked her writing but I just didn‘t care much about the characters. I feel like I‘m in the minority on this one. I read it for prompt #47 a book related to food. There were oranges on the cover so I went with that. #aroundtheyearin52books #aty2019

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DMC_run8
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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I'm a fan of everything Ann Patchett writes!

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Oracle
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ CONFRONTING, SUPERB - all about the realities, the imperfection and banality of life and the power and tension of stepfamilies, siblings and the difficulties of people who don't choose to be connected, connecting. Her writing and ability to conjure the character in the moment is breathtaking at times. The opening orange juicing affair inducing drink making scene with stay with you forever.

CarolynM I loved this one too. ❤️ 3mo
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NenaB
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Mehso-so

I liked this book...I didn‘t love it but I liked the way it was written. Lots of drama. This book is about two families that go through difficulties and tragedies. Talk about dysfunction..destruction and loyalty. It bothers you all the chaos the characters go through but sometimes that‘s life. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Drocchio03
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Marriage, divorce, death and sometimes love weaves through this family story that spans generations. Unlike other reviewers, I didn‘t see malice or hate, but unfortunate circumstances and flawed, honest and believable characters. If you‘re like me, you‘ll finish with a feeling of melancholy - and gratitude that you just peeked in, but did not live through, the tale.

JackOBotts I really enjoyed this novel. Glad you did, as well. 3mo
rwmg It's on my virtual TBR shelf 3mo
Cinfhen You‘re on a roll!!! Great and I LOVED this book 🧡 3mo
Drocchio03 @Cinfhen I *think* all of my Litsy books fall into a category! I really enjoyed Commonwealth, but Bel Canto remains my fav or hers. Looking forward to eventually getting to some of her others. 🙂 3mo
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Drocchio03
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Breakfast and a few pages before heading to work. Happy Friday, everyone!

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Drocchio03
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Had to put Oscar Wao down until I can print the annotations tomorrow: www.annotated-oscar-wao.com Trying to read without, but feel like I‘m missing too much. Drawn to Commonwealth in the interim.

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leslieseidel
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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@VanChocStrawberry Thanks for the extra goodies Jeni! What a nice surprise. I enjoyed this round with you, @Amanda61 and @BridgetteM (who is in my current #LMPBC Group 🤗). This was my first venture into what is now my Favorite Litsy Group! I tell all of my reader friends about this style of reading/annotating and how much it has added to my enjoyment and deeper understanding of books. As long as you don't mind marking up your books 😬😉

BridgetteM ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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Chili
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Thank you so much @Theshadedbuffalo I absolutely love everything!! You rock!!
#JB

Kaye Very nice ! 5mo
Wife 🌹 5mo
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Bookish_B
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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When I picked up this book and was actually reading it I enjoyed it. I thought the writing was wonderful, but I was never dying to pick it up once I put it down for the day. I read this after Sally Field's memoir which was rather depressing so that that may have affected my feelings about it because this was definitely not a happy story either. Maybe that was too much sadness back to back? I don't know but it gets a "pick" just in case ??‍♀️

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EmilyArreola
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Great book, an easy and compelling read. An abundance of rich characters with a plot that skillfully jumps back and forth on its timeline.

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Kelwg8
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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The first book for my 60 book reading challenge! It‘s supposed to be for 2019 but I‘m giving myself the extra week. Prompt: a book about family

RaimeyGallant Good luck! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 7mo
Chelleo Welcome 🤗 7mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗📚 7mo
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Twocougs
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this book. It was ok but I so wanted more.

BookishClaire I liked it but wished it was chronological... 7mo
Caterina I felt the same way! 7mo
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JennyM
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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#WinterWonderland

The brilliant Ann Patchett was born in #December1963, and we start Commonwealth in the 1960s. It fell a bit flat for me, and wasn‘t my favourite Patchett.

LauraBeth I love Patchett but I‘ve bailed on this twice now during the first 25 pages. 7mo
Cinfhen So I LOVED this book on my THIRD try @LauraBeth and it ended up being 5 juicy oranges 🍊🍊🍊🍊🍊 7mo
LauraBeth Wow @Cinfhen - I‘m so glad to hear that! Maybe the third time is the charm with this one - I‘ll give it another go. 7mo
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Cinfhen Yay @LauraBeth and I‘ve loaned my copy to several readers who all LOVED it too!! 7mo
LauraBeth @Cinfhen 🙌 I found a signed copy for $2 at the used bookstore last year and felt sorry for it and bought it 😀 7mo
TrishB The only one I‘ve read of hers so far - slow first 50 pages but persevered and loved it too 💕 @Cinfhen @LauraBeth 7mo
Cinfhen #BookRescuer 😘😘 @LauraBeth and money well spent!! 7mo
Cinfhen I didn‘t realize this was your only Patchett @TrishB WE MUST REMEDY 7mo
BookNAround I did not love this one either. I wondered if the impulse to sprinkle autobiographical stuff in weakened the story. 7mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Didn‘t care for this one. Tried Bel Canto twice and bailed. I don‘t think Im a Pachett person. (Can I say that out loud? 😬) 7mo
TrishB @Cinfhen I have State of Wonder and Bel Canto on the pile ready! (edited) 7mo
Cathythoughts Yes I bailed on this one. But .... Bel Canto I just loved ♥️ 7mo
JennyM @LauraBeth @Cinfhen it‘s a slow burn for sure. Hope you love it this time around @LauraBeth 7mo
JennyM @BookNAround I think you are spot on! 7mo
JennyM @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled lol...I also found Bel Canto hard going at first and bailed, then enjoyed second time. She‘s an acquired taste it seem 😊 7mo
JennyM @Cathythoughts I think Commonwealth is the one book of hers people bail on. 7mo
Cinfhen Lots of division amongst the Littens here!!!! I did read and LOVE this year 7mo
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kedupre
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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I am suUuUuch a sucker for multi-generational family sagas. This was a combination of family saga and The Butterfly Effect - the effects of one small action have tremendous consequences even decades later. So well-written. *Italian Chef Kiss*

Oracle Agreed ! 3mo
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isy_the_owl
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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@Amanda61 I got sent the wrong book, this one isn't part of our genre swap. Could you email me at isilmelindale@gmail.com so we can straighten it out?
@SledgeReader just a heads up at what's going on

Amanda61 @isy_the_owl Oh no! I sent two packages at once so I must have put the books in the wrong envelopes! 😳 I'll send you an email now. 9mo
Amanda61 @VanChocStrawberry Jeni, it looks like I mixed up the books sent to you and @isy_the_owl. I sent you both emails to get this cleared up. 9mo
collegecatlady Could you send me a quick email to let me know which book from our genre swap is currently in your possession? Thanks so much! crystalellwood18@gmail.com 7mo
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MMFinck
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Mehso-so

The characters were interesting, but I struggled to find any driving theme. Unless it was family hurts each other, but they are also there for each other when times are thin. Except for one. Or it could be that even tragedy sets us off in directions we enjoy that wouldn‘t have happened were it not for the tragedy. I guess both. But some of the vignettes seemed to be superfluous like Loemer‘s story. And the timeline was unnecessarily confusing.

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Joanielovesbooks
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett

I really liked this on my second attempt. The characters were not that like able, but it was an interesting story and depiction of the fallout from infidelity and divorce. The structure was a little difficult to follow at times and I needed to keep referring to a character map I found online of who was who! In the end I‘m glad I read it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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kathymsw
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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I liked it a lot and did that thing where you slow down your reading so maybe it will never end. I tried another Patchett book a few years ago and couldn‘t get into it, now am thinking I‘ll try her again. Well done!

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britt_brooke
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ So many problems can stem from a kiss. Two families are ripped apart then reluctantly blended together as Patchett pops us in and out of life events spanning several decades. Family sagas are not generally my thing, but I loved how these vignettes were pieced together.

emilyhaldi I loved this one ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
CarolynM Great review. I loved it too 9mo
TheBookStacker I really loved this one 9mo
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Leftcoastzen Still on my TBR mountain. 9mo
britt_brooke @emilyhaldi I‘m so happy I finally read another Patchett. I really did not like Bel Canto, but this was great! 9mo
Joanielovesbooks My current read too! 📚 9mo
britt_brooke @Joanielovesbooks Hope you enjoy, too! 9mo
britt_brooke @Leftcoastzen The most ominous mountain of all. 🏔📚🤓 9mo
Leftcoastzen 😂 9mo
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Cathythoughts
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Bailedbailed

I‘m so disappointed 😞. I loved Bel Canto! This one has had the #onehundredpagestest ... and I‘m bailing . Don‘t like the story , or the characters , not for me.
Where to next ... it‘s all gone terribly wrong ( I thought I‘d love this book ) but I suppose that‘s the beauty of reading ...... you just never know

Cinfhen Oh no!!! It took me three tries but on the third it worked like a charm & I ended up loving this book ... all my book ladies did too and I loaned the book to 2 of my sister in laws and they loved it too🍊🍊🍊🍊🍊 9mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen hmmmmm🤔. It‘s not in the bin yet. But definitely not at the moment... it‘s on the shelf for now. 9mo
Cinfhen 100 pages is a pretty significant attempt, Cathy!! Maybe put it aside and try again in the spring time 🧡 9mo
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CarolynM Oh, what a shame! 😔 I loved this one, but I can see why you might be put off. Many of the characters behave very badly. 9mo
britt_brooke We‘re just the opposite. I just finished this one and liked it a lot, but I really disliked Bel Canto. 😆 9mo
emilyhaldi Bummer... I loved this one!!!❤️ but I was hooked from the first few pages so if you weren't hooked after 100 perhaps it's just not for you ☺️ 9mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM @britt_brooke @emilyhaldi thanks Ladies! In my great enthusiasm after Bel Canto , I also got State Of Wonder. So, fingers crossed for that one 🤞🏻😊 9mo
Reggie Awwww that‘s too bad, I loved this one. I could literally taste the oranges in the first chapter. 9mo
Cathythoughts @Reggie thanks Reggie, the opening scene was promising, but when the book went “ fast forward “ I just couldn‘t stay with it. Wasn‘t feeling it 😐. There are plenty more fish in the sea 😉 9mo
TrishB I loved this one too 🤷‍♀️ book taste is strange isn‘t it. I haven‘t read Bel Canto and have State of Wonder on the pile! 9mo
emilyhaldi I‘m very much looking forward to State of Wonder too!! 9mo
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Joanielovesbooks
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Trying this one again- started a year or so ago and didn‘t finish.

Cinfhen It took me three tries but it finally clicked and I loved it🧡 9mo
Joanielovesbooks Thank you for that @Cinfhen 👍🏻 maybe it‘s all a matter of timing? I‘m enjoying round two so far! 9mo
Cinfhen Oh good!!! Timing is everything ⏰ 9mo
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Cinfhen @Cathythoughts you might appreciate this post 😉 9mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen Ahh your an old pet to pull this up for me 😘. Maybe in the future..... 🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 9mo
Joanielovesbooks I really liked this on my second attempt. The characters were not that like able, but it was an interesting story and depiction of the fallout from infidelity and divorce. The structure was a little difficult I‘ll to follow at times and I needed to keep referring to a character map I found online of who was who! I‘m glad I read it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 9mo
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britt_brooke
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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▶️🎧🍊

Finally trying #AnnPatchett again. I was not a fan of #BelCanto, but I‘m enjoying this so far.

Hollie I really liked this one 9mo
Victoriahoperose I liked State of Wonder a lot. 9mo
bio_chem06 This one was great. I didn't like Bel Canto either. 9mo
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britt_brooke @Hollie Always good to hear! I like it so far. 9mo
britt_brooke @Victoriahoperose I have that one, but haven‘t read it yet. Good to know! 9mo
britt_brooke @bio_chem06 Oh good! This gives me hope for her other books, too. 9mo
Victoriahoperose If you read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, she actually talks about State of Wonder and Ann Patchett. It‘s really interesting. 9mo
britt_brooke @Victoriahoperose Thanks for the tip! 😁 9mo
Cathythoughts Oh great. I hope to read this one soon. Mind you , I did love Bel Canto 9mo
Reviewsbylola You‘ve made me reconsider Bel Canto‘s spot on my TBR. It‘s been there at least a decade. 😂 9mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola I hated Bel Canto. Hated it. I felt so bad because I love Ann Patchett‘s book shop so much. But, I like this one so far. 9mo
Moray_Reads I liked this one much more than Bel Canto 9mo
britt_brooke @Moray_Reads I‘m almost finished with it and still enjoying. I agree, much better than Bel Canto. More relatable and engaging. 9mo
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Victoria_Clyne
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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It feels like its been a long time since I read a book (I've been doing a lot of audiobooks) and this was a nice reintroduction. I really enjoyed this family drama and was hanging out to read the next installment. The characters were beautifully drawn and I found myself wondering what would happen to them next. Well worth the read.

Joanne1 I really felt like I actually knew the characters IRL. 10mo
Victoria_Clyne I know what you mean @Joanne1 10mo
Jason7 Her books are great. She‘s one of my favorite authors. I really liked State of Wonder and Bel Canto too 10mo
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Victoria_Clyne @Jason7 I think this might be my first Ann Patchett, definitely not my last. 10mo
Jason7 Each book I‘ve read of hers is totally different from the last. While some authors‘ works are similar in many ways from one novel to the next, hers are the opposite. They do have one thing in common though. They‘re all really good. 10mo
Victoria_Clyne @Jason7 that's so good to hear. I've been turned off authors before because their books are too similar. 10mo
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Victoria_Clyne
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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As this little one will currently only sleep in my arms during the day I've been able to catch up on Litsy and e-reading. Every cloud. . .

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sdbruening
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Ann Patchett was on Trisha‘s Kitchen on Food Network with her book club reading this! So cool!

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ferskner
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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I have a reeeeealy hard time with books about infidelity so I went into this with a lot of trepidation, but Ann Patchett is fabulous and her ability to write all characters with nuance and grace constantly impresses me. #pop18 #bookbyanauthorwiththesamefirstorlastnameasyou

CarolynM Yes, absolutely. I loved that she dealt with the very real consequences for all concerned. 11mo
ferskner @CarolynM Exactly! Even the unlikeable characters (OH MY GOSH I hated Bert) are treated in a really honest way. No one is completely a villain or a saint. 10mo
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Cathythoughts
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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#AbbainAugust #voulezvous Having loved Bel Canto , I asked myself voulez-vous to read another book by Ann Patchett ... answer is ofcorse YES ... so I secured this one yesterday 💃🏾🧡 ( not sure about my grammar 🤷🏻‍♀️😬)

Cinfhen I really LOVED this book!!! It‘s VERY different from Bel Canto ( which I liked as well ) Ann Patchett is another #MustBuy author for me. I ordered this older book of hers but it got lost in the mail 😢😢😢 11mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I hope your book shows up 🤞🏻. Good to hear you enjoyed this one ... I‘m looking forward to it. 11mo
Cinfhen The company has it marked as delivered but I never received it @Cathythoughts and it‘s from MAY 😫it was only $1 plus $4.99 to ship but I‘m afraid to try the shipping again 11mo
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CarolynM I loved this one too @Cinfhen 11mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM great to hear 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻it‘s going to be good 11mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Cinfhen oh no! I'm obsessed with 11mo
TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 haven‘t read any others yet. 11mo
Cinfhen I guess I‘ll have to take my chances and try again @MommyWantsToReadHerBook 😘 11mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 11mo
batsy An author I haven't tried yet... But you've made me very curious 🙂 11mo
Rissreads It‘s on my tbr shelf. I might try it next. 11mo
Cathythoughts @batsy I loved my first book by her 👍🏻❤️ 11mo
Cathythoughts @Rissreads I‘d say it will be good 😉👍🏻 11mo
Mdargusch I really liked this one! 👍🏼 11mo
emilyhaldi I loved this book!! It has inspired me to read ALL of her books 😃 (someday...) 11mo
Cathythoughts @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi this book is getting loads of Litsy love ❤️ 11mo
Reviewsbylola This is a good one! (edited) 11mo
Cathythoughts @Reviewsbylola by all accounts it is 👍🏻❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
Meredith3 Grammar looks a-ok to me! 👌🏻👍🏻🙌🏻 11mo
Reggie Ohhh, I hope you like it. I loved it. 11mo
Cathythoughts @Meredith3 thanks 👍🏻 11mo
Cathythoughts @Reggie thankyou ! It sure is getting all the love ... 😉❤️ 11mo
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Cconnolly
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Loved the storytelling of two families and how their lives intertwined. At the end, the parents all in their 70‘s and 80‘s was most poignant. All of us have the stories we share, the stories that others remember most, and the stories that we try to bury with the past. The relationships Franny has with Fix, Bert, and all the Keatings and Cousins are a part of me now. I will definitely read more by Ann Patchett, this was my first

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BridgetteM
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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What better way to spend this rainy afternoon than reading my #LMPBC #GroupG book! @leslieseidel

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Jason7
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Commonwealth is Patchett at her best. Dysfunction is the norm in this epic tale of two families forever entwined. Hope Davis narrates Commonwealth to perfection. Overall rating: 4.68 stars

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MeganLindell
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Panpan

My first Ann Patchett and I found it to be so incredibly boring. I didn‘t care about any of the characters because there were so many. It was a struggle for me to finish it. 😩

Thousand-Lives I read this recently and absolutely loved it. I passed it on to my mother-in-law and she would completely agree with your review! 11mo
MeganLindell @Thousand-Lives Ha! We‘ve all got different taste. 11mo
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Kmmsellers
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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I‘m reading my second Patchett novel this year and plan on visiting her back list. I don‘t know why I never really read her work before, except the cover blurbs never sounded interesting to me. All of her blurbs should just say, “this book will make you care about topics and people that you never thought much about before. Trust me. “

emilyhaldi I loved this book!! My first Patchett and how I'm hooked ❤️ 11mo
Kmmsellers @emilyhaldi I‘m loving it so far! I‘ll definitely read more of her work!! 11mo
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Cconnolly
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I‘m loving this book so far, but I work in Iowa City and don‘t know about this quote! 😂😂😂 Then again, I did grow sweet 🌽, hubby works on a pig farm, and maybe I‘m a “poet and didn‘t know it”!

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BridgetteM
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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My #LMPBC book came in last week. Thanks, @leslieseidel 🤗

leslieseidel Great!!! 🤗 11mo
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MeganAnnabell
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating‘s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny‘s mother Beverly- thus, setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

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Hollie
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My first Libby download and I loved it. I believe it was one that @Cinfhen recommended ages ago and I‘m so glad I finally got around to it. The author manages to capture difficult family relationships through shifting perspectives over the course of decades. I thoroughly enjoyed the audio. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Suzze That was very good! 12mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! I‘m so glad this was a pick for you as well 🍊🍊🍊🍊🍊and good to know the audio is well done 12mo
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Rachel.Rencher
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Pickpick

I'm going to have a book hangover for a while from this one. 😭 Ann Patchett has an uncanny ability for developing characters, and the Keatings & the Cousins are going to stick with me. This is easily one of my new favorite books. ❤

Penny_LiteraryHoarders That's what I love so much about her - the characters she creates! 👌🤘 12mo
Lucas.Rencher I'm so glad you enjoyed it I cant wait to read it! 😀 12mo
rmaclean4 Love her writing! 12mo
Oracle It is a "will stay with you" 3mo
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mrozzz
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Mehso-so

Unbearably long & confusing on audio... I was likely just not in the right headspace for it when I picked it up, but I also wasn't fond of the immense traveling through time with no indication of such. I couldn't wait for this audiobook to be over but kept on based on so much praise. I couldn't follow the complex biological/step family tree, nor could I care for Frannie (or anyone). I skim-listened often & thus felt neither invested nor resolved.

MelissaS I tried it last year on audio and bailed because I was confused. Haven‘t tried it in print yet... 12mo
mrozzz Maybe it wasn‘t just me then! It was also my first read by her so unfortunately I don‘t know if I‘ll pick up another @MelissaS 😕 12mo
WhiskeyMistress I thought it was decent in print, I can see where it would be super hard to follow on audio! 12mo
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MicheleinPhilly I loved it in print but can totally see how it wouldn‘t work via audio. Although I‘ve never listened to an audio book so feel free to ignore my opinion. 😉 12mo
erinreads I haven‘t read this one yet, but I love Ann Patchett. I hope you try another one by her someday and enjoy it! 12mo
irre I really liked the audio, but I can see how you have to be in the right mood for it. It‘s a book you have to focus on while listening. 12mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I felt the same way and I listened to the audio too. The whole story was just kind of blah. I kept waiting for a big reveal or something mildly interesting to happen. But, no. (edited) 12mo
BarbaraBB I liked it better than you did but was definitely not as enthusiastic as the majority. 12mo
mrozzz Ok, that makes me feel better about it @WhiskeyMistress @irre @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I‘ll definitely try another book by Patchett, but in print next time! @erinreads 12mo
mrozzz @MicheleinPhilly it takes some discipline! Sometimes I get carried away thinking about a place mentioned and forget to keep listening, 😂 but I really like listening to nonfiction books and thrillers, those both keep me engaged and are typically easier to follow along 12mo
mrozzz @BarbaraBB ok! Cool... I‘m glad I read it and I won‘t not feel too bad about not loving it. On to the next book! 😜 12mo
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Rachel.Rencher
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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I am so in love with this book! I'm seriously debating not going back to work today so I can finish it. 😂 I'm already running a few minutes late from my lunch break... what's one more hour? 😜

ashley_o13 @Rachel.Rencher I have this bookmark !! It's my favorite bookmark to use 😊 I keep buying a new one of it because the tassle keeps coming off 12mo
emilyhaldi Yessss I loved this book!!! ❤️ 12mo
Lucas.Rencher Work is over rated read a good book instead 😀 12mo
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Rachel.Rencher
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Done with Her Body and Other Parties at just over two hours! I will admit that I skimmed a couple stories. That book was not at all what I was expecting, and I think I need to revisit it later on when I'm in the mood for it.

Next up, Commonwealth!

#24in48 @24in48

Lucas.Rencher Another one bites the dust! 😀 12mo
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Hollie
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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#thatboyismine and today that boy and I are at the pool enjoying the #heatofjuly at the pool while I listen to the tagged book on audio. It‘s a balmy 94 today, but as long as I have a book I‘m happy.

Cinfhen Too cool 😎 have fun 12mo
BarbaraBB So sweet!!.... sorry I should say cool 😉😍 12mo
Hollie @barbarabb he is a sweetie! 12mo
Hollie Thank you @Cinfhen 😘 12mo
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WhiskeyMistress
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this read. The switching between narrators and time frames could have been confusing but I found it easy to follow, and enjoyed the different perspectives, it gave a fairly straight forward story more depth and color. It illustrated the connections between family, even if they aren‘t your “real” family, very well. Overall a nice little book, but not a story that will stick in my mind. Probably will be made into a movie. 😂

ErinSueGreads That seems like a useful read hahahaga 12mo
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DivineDiana
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating‘s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny‘s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. #ikissedagirl #heatofjuly

BarbaraBB Somehow I had interpreted the kisser a woman but of course it can be a man as well! Great choice! 12mo
Cinfhen I loved this book!! Have u read 12mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen I did! And I loved it! 12mo
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DivineDiana @BarbaraBB I did as well! But this book came to mind, and I thought why not! It is about kissing a girl! 😉 12mo
Mdargusch Good one! 👍🏼 12mo
DivineDiana @mdargusch Thank you! ❤️ 12mo
SledgeReader @DivineDiana @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @Mdargusch Loved this one! Have you read Bel Canto? Probably my favorite of hers. She‘s one of my go to authors - read everything she writes. Highly recommend Truth and Beauty. Consider visiting Patchett‘s bookstore #Parnassus if you are ever in the Nashville area. She‘s even got a location in the airport! 12mo
Cinfhen I liked Bel Canto @SledgeReader but not as much as this one! 12mo
DivineDiana Yes! And I absolutely loved it! 12mo
BarbaraBB @SledgeReader I haven‘t read Bel Canto yet, even though I have a copy. I will get to it soon! 12mo
SledgeReader @BarbaraBB Yay! Please let me know when you do. I‘d love to chat! 12mo
BarbaraBB I will! 12mo
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