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ISBN: 000719093X / ISBN-13: 9780007190935

Truth and Beauty: A Friendship

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  • Truth and Beauty: A Friendship (Fourth Estate Ltd) – Hardcover (2004)
    by Ann Patchett

    Truth and Beauty: A Friendship

    Hardcover, Fourth Estate Ltd
    2004
    272 pages

    ISBN: 000719093X
    ISBN-13: 9780007190935

    Bestselling author and Orange Prize winner Ann Patchett's first work of non-fiction is a book about her long friendship with the critically acclaimed, and recently deceased author, Lucy Grealy. It is remarkable for me to remember now that I thought it would be possible to walk away from her, that she might have gone on living, but without me. I know now I never would have had the strength of my convictions. I am living in a world without Lucy. I have no choice about that. If she were alive and I had that choice, I wouldn't ... Show more

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LizaL33

Moving depiction of a life-long friendship

by LizaL33 on May 8, 2008

Interesting memoir by the author of Bel Canto, and The Patron Saint of Liars. The story concerns the author's twenty-plus year relationship with her best friend, poet Lucy Grealy. Though both women attended Sarah Lawrence College, their friendship did not begin until they enrolled in the Iowa Writer's Workshop after graduating. They supported each other in writing and in life for the next two decades, until Lucy's lifelong struggle with cancer began to manifest itself in depression and drug abuse. The story is really about Patchett's love for her friend Lucy, and is a beautiful depiction of the depths of female friendships in general. I really enjoyed it and reading about Patchett's process of creating her novels made me want to read them all again, too!

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