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Ann Patchett Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Patron Saint of Liars (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Taft (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Magician's Assistant (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bel Canto (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Run (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What Now? (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
State of Wonder (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Commonwealth (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Best American Short Stories 2006 (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Truth and Beauty: A Friendship (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Getaway Car (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bookshop Strikes Back (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Ann Patchett is one of the Faulkner/PEN Award winning, bestselling authors from America, who has written a number of successful books based on the historical fiction and literary fiction genres. She is particularly well known for the success of her novel titled Bel Canto. Author Ann was born on December 2, 1963 in Los Angeles, California, United States. In addition to winning the Faulkner Award in the year 2002, she has also won the Orange Prize in the same year. Both these prestigious awards were given to her for her successful novel, Bel Canto. Author Ann is the daughter of another popular novelist named Jeanne Ray. As a child, she attended the St. Bernard Academy. This is a Catholic private school for girls and is run by the ‘Sisters of Mercy’. After the completion of her graduation, she went on to join the Sarah Lawrence College. Later, author Ann enrolled herself at the Iowa Writers Workshop, at the Iowa University. She also got training in fine arts at the Fine Arts Center, located in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Author Ann has said that it was at this place that she wrote her debut novel titled The Patron Saint of Liars. In the year 2010, author Ann co-founded a bookstore called as the Parnassus Books, along with a friend named Karen Hayes. This bookstore was opened in the year 2011. In the year 2016, author Ann helped the bookstore branch out by means of a mobile bookmobile food truck, and eventually expanded it in Nashville. In the year 2012, author Ann was included in the list of the top 100 most influential people of the world in the TIME Magazine.

The first written work published by author Ann was in ‘The Paris Review’, in which she published one of her stories before she completed her graduation from college. For a period of 9 years, she worked at the Seventeen magazine. There, she was mainly involved in writing nonfiction works. The magazine used to publish one of her novels from among every five that she used to write. At a later stage, author Ann indulged into a dispute with one of the editors of the magazine and this resulted in the end of her relationship with the Seventeen magazine. She had exclaimed at that time that she will never come again to darken their door. Throughout the course of her writing career, author Ann has written for a number of publications, including The Washington Post, Vogue, The New York Magazine, O, Gourmet, The Oprah Magazine, GQ, and ELLE. It was in the year 1992 that author Ann published her first work. That book was then adapted into a television film in the year 1998 with the same name. Following the success of her first novel, Ann wrote a second one titled Taft. It went on to win the Janet Heidinger Kafka award in the year 1994. However, the real breakthrough in her writing career came in the year 2001 with the release of her 4th book titled Bel Canto. The novel not only became a finalist for the National Book Circle Award, but also won the Faulkner Award. For the strong bond of friendship that author Ann shares with author Lucy Grealy, she wrote a sweet memoir titled Truth and Beauty : A Friendhship, in which she has described their relation very beautifully. One of her novels is based on the commencement speech that she gave at her alma mater in the year 2006. In the year 2011, author Ann also published a book set in the jungles of the Amazon. It is titled as State of Wonder and was included in the list of Orange Prize contenders.

One of the initial novels released by author Ann Patchett is titled as ‘Run’. This book is set in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, and features the main characters as Teddy Hall, Bernadette, Sullivan, Kenya, Doyle, and Tip. The Harper publication published the book in the year 2007. At the beginning of the novel, author Ann has shown that Teddy and Tip Doyle were raised by their possessive, ambitious, and loving father, after the death of their mother. Being Boston’s former mayor, Bernard Doyle has the dream of seeing his sons enter into politics. But, the brothers have never a given thought to such a thing. Soon, the three of the indulge into an argument during a heavy snowstorm. Following this, an accident occurs involving the Doyles and a stranger and her child. In such a difficult situation, all Bernard Doyle could think of is trying to keep all his children safe. Author Ann has set this novel over a period of 24 hours. The plot takes the readers from the Comparative Zoology Museum at Harvard to the home of retired priests in Boston’s downtown. The story also shows how poverty and privilege can exist close to each other and how a family can consist of people who have never met before. Just like in her previous bestselling novel, author Ann has shown how disparate lives are connected with humanity. She has woven several stories into a single, endlessly moving, and surprising narrative. Ultimately, this novel proves to be a book about responsibility, duty, secrets, and the measures that parents take to protect their children.

Another interesting novel written by Ann Patchett was published under the title ‘The Magician’s Assistant’. This book was released by the Fourth Estate publication in the year 1998. Author Ann has described the story of the central character named Sabine. She is shown as working as the assistant of her handsome magician husband for around 20 years. But suddenly, she becomes a widow. After the death of her husband, Sabine comes to know that he has left behind a final trick. She learns that he had a false identity as well as a family that believed to be lost in an alleged accident. But now, it is revealed that the family is alive and living very well. Sabine also comes to know that her husband has named them as heirs in the will. Following this, they enter into the life of Sabine and set her on a journey full of adventures in which she goes on to unravel many of her late husband’s secrets. The adventure takes Sabine from the sunny regions of Los Angeles to the windy plains of Nebraska. Throughout the course of her journey, Sabine feels that it is working its own magic on her mind and body.

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