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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

Series contributed to
Non fiction
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

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After Life (2000)
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Suicide's Girlfriend (2002)
Elizabeth Evans
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Every Night Is Ladies' Night (2005)
Michael Jaime-Becerra
"One of those wonderful books you will want to give to everyone you know."
The Typist (2010)
Michael Knight
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Ten Thousand Saints (2011)
Eleanor Henderson
"The best thing I've read in a long time."
The Song of Achilles (2011)
Madeline Miller
"The Song of Achilles is at once a scholar's homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist. Madeline Miller has given us her own fresh take on the Trojan war and its heroes. The result is a book I could not put down."
The Train of Small Mercies (2011)
David Rowell
"David Rowell... has created nothing less than a portrait of America itself."
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley (2017)
Hannah Tinti
"The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one part Quentin Tarantino, one part Scheherazade , and twelve parts wild innovation. Hannah Tinti proves herself to be an old fashioned storyteller of the highest order."
The Leavers (2017)
Lisa Ko
"There was a time I would have called Lisa Ko’s novel beautifully written, ambitious, and moving, and all of that is true, but it’s more than that now: if you want to understand a forgotten and essential part of the world we live in, The Leavers is required reading."
Do Not Become Alarmed (2017)
Maile Meloy
"Smart and thrilling and impossible to put down."
Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017)
Jesmyn Ward
"The connection between the injustices of the past and the desperation of present are clearly drawn in Sing, Unburied, Sing, a book that charts the lines between the living and the dead, the loving and the broken. I am a huge fan of Jesmyn Ward's work, and this book proves that she is one of the most important writers in America today."
Neon in Daylight (2018)
Hermione Hoby
"Held me spellbound"
Love and Ruin (2018)
Paula McLain
"Paula McLain is considered the new star of historical fiction, and for good reason."
Florida (2018)
Lauren Groff
"Don’t tell yourself you don’t like short stories, because these are not to be missed. The book is deep and dark and resonant. Every story plays in some way on the others and in the end the total is worth even more than the sum of its beautiful parts."
His Favorites (2018)
Kate Walbert
"His Favorites is exactly the book for our times. That Kate Walbert has managed to write a novel that is riveting, terrifying, and yet always charmingly buoyant, speaks volumes to how well she understands women. If you’re trying to figure out what’s going on, how these things happen, read this book."
The Falconer (2019)
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Early Work (2019)
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The Resisters (2020)
Gish Jen
"The Resisters is palpably loving, smart, funny, and desperately unsettling. The novel should be required reading for the country both as a cautionary tale and because it is a stone-cold masterpiece. This is Gish Jen's moment. She has pitched a perfect game."
Valentine (2020)
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All Adults Here (2020)
Emma Straub
"Brimming with kindness, forgiveness, humor and love and yet (magically) also a page turner that held me captive until it was finished. This is Emma Straub's absolute best and the world will love it. I love it."
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Sorrow and Bliss (2020)
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"Sorrow and Bliss is a brilliantly faceted and extremely funny book about depression that engulfed me in the way I'm always hoping to be to be engulfed by novels. While I was reading it, I was making a list of all the people I wanted to send it to, until I realized that I wanted to send it to everyone I know."
Who Is Maud Dixon? (2021)
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"Who is Maud Dixon? is clever, cunning, and diabolical in the best possible way. Anyone longing for a good old-fashioned thrill need look no further."
Revival Season (2021)
Monica West
"Tender and wise, Revival Season explores a girl's faith in both her family and in God. Monica West's formidable talent is matched by her generosity of spirit, making the most winning combination a reader could wish for."
Secrets of Happiness (2021)
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"Secrets of Happiness unfolds across families and lovers, across time and expectations, across the country and across the world, and the bigger it gets, the more it shows how deeply connected we are. Joan Silber writes with a frankness and freshness that draws the reader closer with every page. It would be impossible to overstate just how good this book is."
The Days of Afrekete (2021)
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"I didn't feel like I was reading this novel--I felt like I was living it."
Five Tuesdays in Winter (2021)
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"Five Tuesdays in Winter moved me, inspired me, thrilled me. It filled up every chamber of my heart. I loved this book."
Cress Watercress (2022)
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"Who knew that rabbits and squirrels had so much to teach us about both the hard and tender times of life? Gregory Maguire, that's who. Cress Watercress is a clear-eyed lesson in picking up and moving forward, living with unanswered questions, and making new friends. I will recommend this beautifully written (and perfectly illustrated!) book to everyone."
Groundskeeping (2022)
Lee Cole
"An extraordinary debut about the ties that bind families together and tear them apart across generations--this is a fierce, tender, and wholly unforgettable work from a hugely gifted writer."
Four Treasures of the Sky (2022)
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"An engulfing, bighearted and heartbreaking novel. Illuminates shocking injustices, and makes us stop and consider how many survive to this day."
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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