Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth centres on the consequences of an adulterous affair which brings two Californian families uneasily together in a story set over five decades, starting in the 1960s. During one ‘blended’ holiday a tragedy occurs which reverberates throughout the future. “When the whole tragic power of her story hits the reader, about two thirds of the way through, the effect is physically breath-taking” (the Guardian). Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and three works of non-fiction. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives. Chaired by Claire Armitstead, Guardian Associate Editor, Culture.
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