Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Connections. I recall that in Ann Patchett’s previous novels, she kept the plot focused on a short period of time. In her novel titled, Commonwealth, she spans fifty years with the exposition, and weaves in and out of the decades and the ten main characters in unpredictable ways. As fans have come to expect, Patchett’s descriptive prose is lyrical, and her character development is complete and insightful. I came to care deeply about this ensemble of characters, and the more I understood them, the more I enjoyed the novel. The connections of love and care provide direction for the novel and the unpredictable and fleeting paths of our lives are held in high regard. Losses are deeply held by some characters, and affect all. Mortality remains present and vivid. Patient readers who enjoy finely written literary fiction and who can tolerate non-linear exposition are those most likely to enjoy reading this novel. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Commonwealth from amazon.com.

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