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Review: Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett

It’s good to be reminded that you can do small positive things which make a difference in the world, however small they are.

Genre: non-fiction

Rate: 4 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

What happens when the person who is your family is someone you aren’t bound to by blood? What happens when the person you promise to love and to honor for the rest of your life is not your lover, but your best friend?

Ann Patchett and Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, and, after enrolling in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work was. In her critically acclaimed and hugely successful memoir,Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy wrote about losing part of her jaw to childhood cancer, the years of chemotherapy and radiation, and then the 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, cold winters of the Midwest, to surgical wards, to book parties in New York. Through love, fame, drugs, and despair, this book shows us what it means to be part of two lives that are intertwined.

My Take

I read Truth and Beauty late last year and it easily became one of my greatest reads.The whole premise of the book is the friendship between Ann and Lucy and how it impacted their lives. Here is why you should pick it up;

  1. Ann’s writing is raw and deep and dare I say, unfiltered. Her words took me through a rollercoaster of emotions.
  2. The book itself is a page turner, in that, as Ann and Lucy’s life events unfold you want to know more. What’s next? I had a hard time putting it down.
  3. Friendship(s), writing, poetry and life in between.
  4. You get to see a writer’s process and what they go through, from the actual writing till the publishing. It’s all here!
  5. Two strong willed women, straight out of college trying to kickstart their careers, standing together in this thing called life.

“I was starting to wonder if I was ready to be a writer, not someone who won prizes, got published and was given the time and space to work, but someone who wrote as a course of life”

Watching, or rather reading, on how life unfolds for Ann and Lucy is quite an experience in itself. They get to show you that nothing always goes as planned but you have to keep on living.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? If you are looking for non-fiction to read or add to your tbr, then this is for you!

Happy weekend 🙂

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