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Ann Patchett

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Ann Patchett (born December 2, 1963) is an American author. She received the Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2002 for her novel Bel Canto. Patchett's other novels include The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, and The Magician's Assistant, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and received the Nashville Banner Tennessee Writer of the Year Award in 1994.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Children's Fiction
New Books
August 2023

Tom Lake
   The Patron Saint of Liars (1992)
   Taft (1994)
   The Magician's Assistant (1997)
   Bel Canto (2001)
   Run (2007)
   State of Wonder (2011)
   Commonwealth (2016)
   The Dutch House (2019)
   Tom Lake (2023)
Picture Books
   Lambslide (2019)
   Escape Goat (2020)
Non fiction
   Truth and Beauty (2004)
   What Now? (2008)
   The Bookshop Strikes Back (2013)
   This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage (2013)
   Nashville (2018)
   These Precious Days (2021)
Omnibus editions
Series contributed to
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (1998) : The Magician's Assistant
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (1998) : The Magician's Assistant
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2002) : Bel Canto
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book winner (2002) : Bel Canto
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel winner (2002) : Bel Canto
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2003) : Bel Canto
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2012) : State of Wonder
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (2012) : State of Wonder
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2020) : The Dutch House

Ann Patchett recommends
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Do Tell (2023)
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"A wonderful, provocative novel about the way time changes how we see the world. Edie O'Dare is a failed Hollywood actress who reinvents herself as a gossip columnist in order to keep a roof over her head, only to discover that this is the job she's good at. Like our intrepid narrator, Do Tell manages to be both funny and substantive, breezy and wise. I stepped into the stream of the narrative and didn't look up until I came to the last page."
Such Kindness (2023)
Andre Dubus III
"Such Kindness charts a remarkable rebirth, not from poverty to wealth but from bitter helplessness to the knowledge of self-worth. The result is a gripping and transformational journey toward kindness, in a tremendously moving novel."
The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece (2023)
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"It's its own universe, complete with a sun, a cast of circling planets, and a limitless number of stars. Its gravity pulls you in and its far reaching, multi-layered, rollicking exuberance holds you in place. I would have been happy to live inside this book forever."
The Sun Walks Down (2022)
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"The Sun Walks Down is the book I'm always longing to find: brilliant, fresh and compulsively readable. It is marvellous. I loved it from start to finish."
If I Survive You (2022)
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"If I Survive You is a collection of connected short stories that reads like a novel, that reads like real life, that reads like fiction written at the highest level."

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