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Moving depiction of a life-long friendship
by LizaL33 on May 8, 2008Interesting 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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