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Run: A Novel
Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy
Doyle have been raised by their loving, possessive, and ambitious
father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see his
sons in politics, a dream the boys have never shared. But when an
argument in a blinding New England snowstorm inadvertently causes an
accident that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard cares
about is his ability to keep his children—all his children—safe.
Bel Canto: A Novel
(2001) -- Winner of the 2002
Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
Somewhere in South America, at
the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is
being held in honor of the powerful businessman Mr. Hosokawa. Roxanne
Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international
guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening -- until a band of
gunwielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage. But what begins
as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something
quite different, a moment of great beauty, as terrorists and hostages
forge unexpected bonds and people from different continents become
compatriots, intimate friends, and lovers.
The Magician's Assistant
A secretive magician's death
becomes the catalyst for his partner's journey of self-discovery in
this “enchanting” book (San Francisco Chronicle).
The Patron Saint of Liars (1992)
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.
John Nickel is a black ex-jazz musician
who only wants to be a good father. But when his son is taken away
from him, he's left with nothing but the Memphis bar he manages. Then
he hires Fay, a young white waitress, who has a volatile brother named
Carl in tow. Nickel finds himself consumed with the idea of Taft—Fay
and Carl's dead father—and begins to reconstruct the life of a man he
never met. But his sympathies for these lost souls soon take him down
a twisting path into the lives of strangers.
Based on her lauded commencement address at
Sarah Lawrence College, this stirring essay by bestselling author Ann
Patchett offers hope and inspiration for anyone at a crossroads, whether
graduating, changing careers, or transitioning from one life stage to
another. With wit and candor, Patchett tells her own story of attending
college, graduating, and struggling with the inevitable question, What
From student to line cook to teacher to waitress and eventually to
award-winning author, Patchett's own life has taken many twists and turns
that make her exploration genuine and resonant. As Patchett writes, "'What
now?' represents our excitement and our future, the very vitality of
life." She highlights the possibilities the unknown offers and reminds us
that there is as much joy in the journey as there is in reaching the
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship
Ann Patchett and the late
met in college in 1981, and, after enrolling in the Iowa Writer's Workshop,
began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their
work. In Grealy's critically acclaimed memior, Autobiography of a Face,
she wrote about losing part of her jaw to childhood cancer, years of
chemotherapy and radiation, and endless reconstructive surgeries. In
Truth & Beauty, the story isn't Lucy's life or Ann's life, but the parts
of their lives they shared. This is a portrait of unwavering commitment that
spans twenty years, from the long winters of the Midwest, to surgical wards,
to book parties in New York. Through love, fame, drugs, and despair, this is
what it means to be part of two lives that are intertwined ... and what
happens when one is left behind.
This is a tender, brutal book about loving the person we
cannot save. It is about loyalty, and being lifted up by the sheer
effervescence of someone who knew how to live life to the fullest.
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