Monday, November 11, 2013

Ann Patchett's 6 favorite recent books

Ann Patchett is the author of six novels, The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, and State of Wonder. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written three books of nonfiction, Truth & Beauty, about her friendship with the writer, Lucy Grealy, What now? an expansion of her graduation address at Sarah Lawrence College, and, most recently, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, a collection of essays that examines the theme of commitment.

One of Patchett's six favorite recent books, as shared with The Week magazine:
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

Every year on Claire's birthday, her father tries to give her away, hoping to place his daughter into a better life. Danticat manages to balance love and poverty, beauty and loss, and in doing so she gives us a more compassionate understanding of the world.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue