A Novel

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"Commonwealth is the story of two broken families and the paths their lives take over the course of 40 years, through love and marriage, death and divorce, and a dark secret from childhood that lies underneath it all"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Harper,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9780062491794
Characteristics: 322 pages


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Aug 11, 2020

I tried to get into the story but just wasn't the style of writing I prefer, it was too choppy in many places and wasn't relaxing reading.

Oct 09, 2019

An interesting story about the complications of extended families. The characters are interesting, the turns of lives are captivating. The last fifty and some pages are stretched.

Oct 03, 2019

Interesting details of child abuse and neglect by incompetent parents. Interesting chapter on a book written about the book :) fun :). Interesting details of what middle class in the US could afford in terms of children, houses, airfare etc. Other than that, it reads like a bunch of gossip, especially at the end, surface-deep and, in places, unpleasantly addictive.

Aug 26, 2019

Tea & Talk Book Club / November 2017

Jun 01, 2019

I enjoyed this book a lot. Ann Patchett knows what she is doing.

TechLibrarian Jan 22, 2019

This has been on my "to read" list for a long time now, and finally, I got around to reading it last week. As I was just getting into it, I thought that it seemed autobiographical, so I did a little research and found that was indeed the case: this is Patchett's first autobiographical novel because as a young writer, she wanted to prove her imagination, and she only recently was comfortable in drawing on her own life experience. There is a unique twist, however, as there is a book-within-a-book plot device that opens up questions about writing about one's family. Commonwealth is a book about a book called Commonwealth, which reveals all the family secrets, some of which not everyone in the family are in on until its release. This isn't Patchett's finest work in my opinion, but like her others, the character development is awesome, and as family dramas go, Commonwealth is pretty superb.

multcolib_susannel Nov 27, 2018

What combination of parents and children does it take to make a family dysfunctional - more importantly- when does the dysfunction begin? Where does it end?

Oct 10, 2018

As the number of pages left to read dwindled I realized I wanted to slow my reading because I would miss the characters Franny and Caroline so much. It is a big story with many characters leading complicated lives. Children deal with divorce, separation from a parent moved from the home they knew. Parents and children struggle with relationships. In the end I felt none of them did anything wrong. They lived life. Ann Patchett's writing engages the reader.

Jul 02, 2018

Patchett's stories are rich and layered. Always such a satisfying read!

Feb 26, 2018

Enjoyed this book. In spite of a horrendous childhood, the 6 children turned out OK, mostly. The happy families you see on TV are not so common in real life.

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ArapahoeMaryA Jan 18, 2017

Franny gave her sister a tired smile. "Oh, my love," she said. "What do the only children do?"

"Half the things in this life I wish I could remember and the other half I wish I could forget."

"All the stories go with you, Franny thought, closing her eyes. All the things I didn’t listen to, won’t remember, never got right, wasn’t around for.

“Isn’t that what everyone wants, just for a moment to be unencumbered?


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