Truth & Beauty (eBook)

Description


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? In Truth & Beauty, her frank and startlingly intimate first work of nonfiction, Ann Patchett shines a fresh, revealing light on the world of women's friendships and shows us what it means to stand together.

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.

This is a tender, brutal book about loving a person we cannot save. It is about loyalty, and about being lifted up by the sheer effervescence of someone who knew how to live life to the fullest.

About the Author


Ann Patchett is the author of six novels, including Bel Canto (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize), and the nonfiction bestsellers What now? and Truth & Beauty. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is co-owner of Parnassus Books.

Praise for Truth & Beauty…


“Unforgettable...carefully rendered and breathtaking.”
-Chicago Sun-Times

“An inspired duet...riveting.”
-Joyce Carol Oates—New York Times Book Review

“...lyrical, lovely...Patchett has preserved her friend’s talent in this book, and provided more evidence of her own.”
-BookPage

“{a} loving, clear-sighted portrayal..”
-Elle

“A contemporary story of friendship and the writing life at once intense, honest, and heartbreaking. Highly recommended.”
-Library Journal (starred review)

Product Details ISBN-13: 9780061754814
Published: HarperCollins e-books, 10/13/2009
Language: en