If I’d stopped reading this book about a third of the way in, I would have given it two stars. But the more I read, the better the essays got. Awarded four stars on Goodreads.
At first the writing seemed emotionally distant, glib, trying too hard to be clever. But the second half of the book is filled with deeply personal stories that are rich, emotional and reflective of the universal human experience.
The essays about the author’s relationship with her grandmother, the story of how she came to marry her husband following an 11 year courtship, her portrayal of a beloved dog, and her memories of an influential teacher/nun are all worth the wait. Stay with it!
More about Ann Patchett.
You may be interested in my review of another Patchett novel, State of Wonder.