This is the story of a happy marriage

Ann Patchett

Sound recording - 2013

Ann Patchett is shining the light on her own world in this collection of entertaining and heart-warming essays. She shares stories of her childhood, her early writing, personal travels, life in Nashville, and the important friendships she's made along the way.

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[New York, New York] : Harper Audio [2013]
Item Description
Compact disc.
Physical Description
10 audio discs (11 1/2 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in
Main Author
Ann Patchett (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Patchett's latest literary gem sparkles with the added element of the author as narrator. The introduction, which explains how Patchett came to select the magazine pieces and essays for this collection, is as revelatory as each selection. Listeners will be amazed that this work is not a memoir and that each piece was published in a different magazine. Taken as a whole, this book is one woman's single-minded journey to becoming a writer, and Patchett uses her voice to bring the reader along. The narration is straightforward. Patchett employs slight variations in tone and pitch when a male character appears. In the pieces on Tennessee and Clemson University, Patchett uses a soft southern accent when necessary. The title piece stands out not only for the content but also for the production values. Patchett's voice is deeper in this piece, and tonally, it doesn't quite fit with the rest of the collection. This is a small quibble, though, and listeners will be enthralled by Patchett's heartbreaking and heartwarming essay about falling in and out of love and back again. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

This work collects essays written by Patchett (State of Wonder) for various publications over the course of her career. The collection covers a broader range of topics than the title might indicate, including writing, dogs, reading, caring for a beloved grandmother, and, of course, marriage, both failed and successful. What is common to so many of the essays is a concern with the things we devote ourselves to in life, whether it be a career, another person, or a beloved pet. Patchett writes with humor that is both wry and down to earth but never stands in the way of the emotion inherent in the subject matter. Listeners are likely to especially enjoy "The Wall," which explores Patchett's relationship with her father, who spent his career on the Los Angeles police force, through her attempt to join the L.A. Police Academy. "The Mercies," which tells the story of Patchett's friendship with her elementary school teacher Sister Nena is another highlight. The author reads the audiobook, delivering her stories in a conversational tone that complements and enlivens the writing. VERDICT This collection of highly polished essays is an easy listen that also provides plenty of rich food for thought and will appeal to a broad audience. ["Patchett provides insight and entertainment for all kinds of readers, and this title will be an asset to any library," read the review of the Harper hc, LJ 10/15/13.]—Heather Malcolm, Bow, WA [Page 62]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Patchett's collection of essays covers a variety of subjects including love, divorce, pets, writing, death, and a whole lot more. Fans and newcomers will find this a delightful mix of reflection, observation, amusement, and sincerity. In this audio edition, Patchett proves entirely capable as narrator and maintains listener attention for the duration. Her familiarity with each piece allows for great emphasis and timing, and provides for a smooth reading and intimate performance. Her voice also perfectly captures each essay's tone, and she knows exactly how to deliver punch lines—which makes listening all the more enjoyable than reading. A Harper hardcover. (Nov.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Inviting readers into her personal life, the New York Times bestselling author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto shares the stories of the people, places, ideals and art to which she has remained indelibly committed. Read by the author. Simultaneous.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto examines her deepest commitments: to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband in This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Together these essays, previously published in The Atlantic, Harper's, Vogue, and the Washington Post, form a resonant portrait of a life lived with loyalty and with love.This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage takes us into the very real world of Ann Patchett's life. Stretching from her childhood to the present day, from a disastrous early marriage to a later happy one, it covers a multitude of topics, including relationships with family and friends, and charts the hard work and joy of writing, and the unexpected thrill of opening a bookstore.As she shares stories of the people, places, ideals, and art to which she has remained indelibly committed, Ann Patchett brings into focus the large experiences and small moments that have shaped her as a daughter, wife, and writer.