Truth & Beauty

A Friendship

By Ann Patchett
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060572150, 272pp.)

Publication Date: April 2005

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Audio Cassette

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Description

Ann Patchett and the late Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, and, after enrolling in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work. In Grealy’s critically acclaimed memoir, Autobiography of a Face, she wrote about losing part of her jaw to childhood cancer, years of chemotherapy and radiation, and endless reconstructive surgeries. In Truth & Beauty, the story isn’t Lucy’s life or Ann’s life, but the parts of their lives they shared. This is a portrait of unwavering commitment that spans twenty years, from the long winters of the Midwest, to surgical wards, to book parties in New York. Through love, fame, drugs, and despair, this is what it means to be part of two lives that are intertwined . . . and what happens when one is left behind.

This is a tender, brutal book about loving the person we cannot save. It is about loyalty, and being lifted up by the sheer effervescence of someone who knew how to live life to the fullest.




About the Author

Ann Patchett is the author of six novels, including Bel Canto (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize), and the nonfiction bestsellers What now? and Truth & Beauty. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is co-owner of Parnassus Books.




Praise For Truth & Beauty

“Unforgettable...carefully rendered and breathtaking.”
-Chicago Sun-Times

“An inspired duet...riveting.”
-Joyce Carol Oates—New York Times Book Review

“...lyrical, lovely...Patchett has preserved her friend’s talent in this book, and provided more evidence of her own.”
-BookPage

“{a} loving, clear-sighted portrayal..”
-Elle

“A contemporary story of friendship and the writing life at once intense, honest, and heartbreaking. Highly recommended.”
-Library Journal (starred review)

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