Currently Reading: Commonwealth

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett 

336 pages, Published 2016 by Harper

 

28214365

 


GoodReads Synopsis: 

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.

When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another.


“Did you ever want to be a writer?” “No,” she said, and she would have told him, “I only want to be a reader.”

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

“Her mother was lost in a sea of irregular verbs.”

“He realized then what he had known from the first minute he saw her, from when she leaned out the kitchen door and called for her husband. This was the start of his life.”

“The christening party took a turn when Albert Cousins arrived with gin.”

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