Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann PatchettTruth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett

Truth & Beauty: A Friendship

byAnn Patchett

Paperback | April 5, 2005

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Ann Patchett and the late 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. In Grealy’s critically acclaimed memoir, Autobiography of a Face, she wrote about losing part of her jaw to childhood cancer, years of chemotherapy and radiation, and 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 winters of the Midwest, to surgical wards, to book parties in New York. Through love, fame, drugs, and despair, this is what it means to be part of two lives that are intertwined . . . and what happens when one is left behind.

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

Ann Patchett is the author of five novels: the New York Times bestselling Run; The Patron Saint of Liars, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Taft, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize; The Magician's Assistant; and Bel Canto, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, the BookSense Book of the Year, and ...
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Title:Truth & Beauty: A FriendshipFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:April 5, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060572159

ISBN - 13:9780060572150

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read for school I had to read this during college and am very happy that I did.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My All Time Favourite This book is so beautifully written, you can read it once for the writing and once for the story. This is my all time favourite book. I stayed outside in the dark reading with the book up close to my face because I did not want to put it down. I also recommend Autobiography of a face by Ann's friend Lucy Greeley whom she writes about in this book.
Date published: 2017-01-22

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“A contemporary story of friendship and the writing life at once intense, honest, and heartbreaking. Highly recommended.”