Podcast: Ann Patchett Reflecting on Her Life and Career

Podcast: Ann Patchett Reflecting on Her Life and Career

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Award-winning author Ann Patchett talks to Cheryl about why she decided to write an essay collection, and how it helped her reflect on her life. These Precious Days, is out now.

About the author:

Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and three books of non-fiction. She has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction three times; with The Magician’s Assistant in 1998, winning the prize with Bel Canto in 2002, and was most recently shortlisted with State of Wonder in 2012. She is also the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl, and their dog Sparky.

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Warm and Illuminating: Read an Extract from These Precious Days by Ann Patchett

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23 November 2021

Warm and Illuminating: Read an Extract from These Precious Days by Ann Patchett

    A Wondrous Essay Collection: Read Our Review of These Precious Days by Ann Patchett

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    22 November 2021

    A Wondrous Essay Collection: Read Our Review of These Precious Days by Ann Patchett

      Publisher details

      These Precious Days
      Author
      Ann Patchett
      Publisher
      Bloomsbury
      Genre
      Non Fiction
      Released
      23 November, 2021
      ISBN
      9781526640956

      Synopsis

      An irresistible collection of essays and memoir from the internationally bestselling, Women's Prize-winning author of The Dutch HouseAny story that starts will also end.' As a writer, Ann Patchett knows what the outcome of her fiction will be. Life, however, often takes turns we do not see coming. Patchett ponders this as she explores family, friendship, marriage, failure, success, and what it all means.Ranging from the personal – her portrait of the three men she called her fathers; how a chance encounter with Tom Hanks led to one of the most important friendships of her life; how to answer when someone asks why you don't have children – to the sublime – the unexpected influence of Snoopy; the importance of knitting; the pleasure to be found in children's books – each essay transforms the particular into the universal, letting us all see our own worlds anew.Illuminating, penetrating, funny and generous, These Precious Days is joyful time spent in the company of one of our greatest living authors.
      Ann Patchett
      About the author

      Ann Patchett

      Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and three works of nonfiction. She is the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, England's Orange Prize for Bel Canto, and the Book Sense Book of the Year, and was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl, and their dog, Sparky.

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