Parnassus Books is thrilled to offer our customers signed or personalized copies of Commonwealth, the new novel by Ann Patchett. Commonwealth was published on September 13, 2016, and is one of the fall's most critically acclaimed and hotly anticipated new books. In their starred review, Publisher's Weekly raved that in Commonwealth, Patchett is "at her peak in humor, humanity, and understanding people in challenging situations."
Ann will autograph and/or personalize any books at no additional cost. If you would like your book personalized, please include exactly how you would like the author to personalize your book in the comments section of your order. Although she'll be away on book tour until late October, Ann will return to the store periodically to sign and personalize ordered books, so it may take a little while for us to ship your books out. We appreciate your understanding!
Just can't wait for your copy? Find Ann on book tour, and she'll sign or personalize your book at the event! Click here for her complete schedule.
Commonwealth is the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families lives. 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.
Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.
About Ann Patchett:
Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and three books of nonfiction. She has won many prizes, including Britain's Orange Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books.