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Wn personal family history In the early 1960s the married Bert Cousins is a deputy DA out of sorts with his lot in life and family and looking for something He rolls up uninvited to Franny Keating s christening party and oiled by alcohol falls in love with and isses the beautiful Beverly Keating This leads to the disintegration of the two respective families and a catalogue of repercussions down the years In a narrative that shifts from person to person over 50 years in a non linear manner with multiple threads the greatest focus is on Franny The story resonates strongly as so few of us today have experience of a family without divorce separations remarriages and step relations Bert and Beverly move to Virginia where during the summer months the six children from their marriages run wild in a way that would be less common today The six are subject to all the strife that afflict a group of children but form strong bonds over their disappointments with and hatred of their parents Patchett lets us get to American Nietzsche know her characters well through detailed descriptions and vignettes of events incidents and secrets There is much comic humour sorrows and tragedy in the highs and lows of a blended family Franny is a law school dropout and becomes a waitress She becomes involved with a writer Leon Posen to whom she confides her family history Like a parasite Posen appropriates this history to pen a bestseller that spawns a movie This triggers the revisiting of a hidden past as the truth emerges Fix Keating LAPD cop has cancer and it is Franny that comes to care for her fatherPatchett gives us a a human and insightful look at the complexities of the dysfunctional modern family through the Cousins and the Keatings Her character development is impressive particularly with regard to Albie There are perhaps an over abundance of characters but Patchett handles them adroitly I was touched by her positivity with regard to the challenges of a blended family and of how time eventually is likely to iron out the wrinkles A brilliant novel that I highly recommend Thanks to Bloomsbury for an ARC WowI have spent hours thinking about this book The characters are deep in my mind There will be NO SPOILERS in my review NONEIf you need a little information tonow weather you want to risk reading an Ann Patchett book which I clearly do not understandlolthe blurb gives enough details about this story I m only going to spit out random thoughts a discussion group would be enrichingone I d love to be part of I wasn t 100% crazy about every scene every minute of this novelyet overall I have to give this book a high top rating of 5 starsThese characters won t fade away easily Believe me You ll Art, Culture, and Cuisine know all of them pretty darn well by the time you finish this book and you won t need to take a single note You ll just easily remember names and details HUGE CREDIT to ANN PATCHETT I definitely have 2 ok 3shit4 favorite scenesBut I think EVERYONE would be crazy in their head not to think the opening chapter is one of the most brilliant stand out memorable scenes to come along in a contemporary family saga novel in YEARS Readers will want to talk about the opening scene It s just normal 1964 becomes very visual inside the Keating s house My next favorite scene eually as brilliant as the first chapter just differentwas a turn on alluring with tension to down right hot I m not proud Go Ann Patchett I nevernew a waitress taking off her shoes could be so enticing My next favorite scene scared the shit out of me and then I said Whew Ok we survivedKidsbreakfast candy bars a walk to the lakeA personal share about my life I have 4 first cousins Add my older sister and I The six of us spent our summer s together growing up Some of us are married with children some of us have been divorce and re married with blended families There have been affairs births deaths All have traveled some live in Israel others now in the Midwestsome still here in California BUT our growing years were in OaklandBerkeley and Piedmont We are Rabbi s lawyers teachers Doctors Bart employees mothers fathers grandparents and some of us retired It was easy to relate to this story for me especially when the Berlioz and His Century kids were smaller exploring off on their own without parental supervision That s how it was when I was growing up too No adultsnew of the trouble we got into We just showed up in time for dinnerA FUNNY SCENE feeding the children like they were the Von Trapp family I was dying laughing you must read the scene yourself Enough of this non review review I liked this book I wanted to change a couple of scenes but that s part of what makes this book good too Point is I was involved I was fully invested and committed living along side this family Thank You to Harper Press and Ann Patchett Life is messy a lot of the time and no matter how much people love their families I think we have to admit that we ve all experienced some of the messiness that happens in life The book opens with a christening party with lots of alcohol and you can t help but think by the end how that first bottle of gin changed so many lives While these are very different stories by Ann Patchett the party scene with the house full of people reminded me just a little of the house full of people in Bel Canto a lot of people and a lot going on multiple stories and multiple conversations That s where the similarities ended but the feel of that was familiar Fast forward decades later and we learn just how much of what happens at this party has affected lives two couples have divorced and the 6 children they have between them have forged unexpected bonds over their childhood and as adults The narrative moves around in time and and we in essence don t have the full story of what happens over the years but snap shots of this blended family While it seems that there is not much of a plot the story is full of life You may not like every one of these characters but yet they seemed real real enough that you understand why some of them are not happy with how their story is portrayed in the novel written about them by another character Recommended to fans of Patchett and anyone else who enjoys family dramasThanks to Harper Collins and Edelweiss I loved this book Gorgeously written as is always the case with Ann Patchett There is an ambitious narrative structure that at times gets away from the writer but still this is so so good 1 star After reading 50% of this book I m going to stop I Aristotles Rhetoric know this book has fantastic reviews and I respect that but this is just not for me I was waiting for something to happen to piue my interest and it just didn t by the halfway point The main problem for me is that I am a mother of young children which makes me overly sensitive toward these innocentids I had a hard time with all of the child neglect and poor parenting decisions in this book I had a VERY hard time stomaching the Benadrylgingun incident with the six children little Albie being only 5 or 6 years old And the parents showing up at the children s motel room at 2pm the next day saying they slept in Or Teresa getting excited to have summers off from her children Then Teresa sending them on a plane to their fathers house for a couple months without luggage Teresa was trying to punish her ex by making him buy everything the Blood Runs Green kids needed but it s theids who would suffer without their personal belongings and everyday comfort objects These poor children are shipped back and forth between parents and states and then left to their own devices most of the time Often I found it hard to eep track of the children which child belonged to which parents I didn t connect with any characters I liked Franny a little although I found the lead up to her affair extremely awkward and uneventful Overall I found this book to be slow and depressing I now I m in the minority so please read other reviews before deciding on this boo. 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 anotherTold with eual 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 togethe.
So this is what happens when one too many gin and orange juices flow At a baptism Not the typical Colored Property kind The funind One with lots of friends and family and somehow booze gets into the mix and what started off as a ritual turned into a party then spice in some infidelity and the wheels are put into motion for a family life detourThis is a story about families their dysfunction destruction and loyalty Truths are exposed after the publication of a novel that is loosely based on the 2 families It s the realIzation of truths when secrets are revealed Patchett expertly packages a novel within a novel literally with an abundance of themes Divorce addiction relationships personal growth loss and regretNot linear but not confusing nice prose interesting characters and entertaining My 2nd Patchett 4 Well I simply loved this book 45 going on 5 One of the highlights in 2016 Wonderful storytelling about two families getting intertwined by changed marriages affected by a family tragedy that hit them all in some way The story is written going to and fro in time and we follow several family members in their personal lives at some point in time It s a story full of emotion tragedy love Beautiful heartfelt and highly recommended Thanks to all Goodreads friends who brought me to this bookNote and when I started reading I realized I have State of Wonder of the same author in my library collection Never got round to reading it yet although it passed thru my hands several times Will read it soon Beginning lines of Commonwealth sets the stage The Christening party took a turn when Albert Cousins arrived with the gin Fix was smiling when he opened the door and he ept smiling as he struggled to make the connection it was Albert Cousins from the district attorney s office standing on the cement slab of his front porch 388 who do I appreciateI ve been putting off writing this review because I ve been hoping that as time goes on I ll sit up and chirp instead of sit down and burp But alas I am not chirping The song is or less forgotten so I can t in good conscience give this a wowsy 4 stars It s like a 388 who do I appreciate which I will round up to 4 because well ultimately I do appreciate Ann Patchett I m messed up when it comes to this writer I insanely loved State of Wonder declaring it an all time favorite but absolutely hated Bel Canto I read a couple of other books by her that I liked but nothing came anywhere close to State of Wonder Then along came Commonwealth and expectations were high Of course I want everything she writes to do the same thing that State of Wonder did to me but it s a setup for failure when you want to re create something that was perfect like trying to find a pet that s as perfect as the one you lost This book just did not set fire to my soul I wasn t uttering a meh mind you but I wasn t doing a jig either It s a good story just not particularly memorableBut hot diggety only two items on my Complaint Board The small complaint first Too many players It s not a crime if I have to draw a family tree but laziness made me try to eep all the characters straight without having to find paper and pen and start sketching There are two sets of parents with 6 The Exiles Gallery kids among them 2 from one family and 4 from another See Already it s hard They become step sibs who spend long summers together Remembering whichids belongs to which mom and dad was tough at times The bigger complaint There s this weird distance that Patchett maintains this formality Maybe it s just her tone I don t Dislocating China know If I ever met her I m pretty sure I d say how do you do instead of hi I sort of feel like Inow the characters but I am also acutely aware they are far away in a story not sitting next to me whispering their secrets into my ear And damn instead it is Patchett the storyteller sitting there beside me her voice sometimes blocking out the voice of the characters and forcing me to pay attention to her I like it better when I get completely absorbed with the characters and forget there s a puppet master pulling the stringsThere are a lot of good things Patchett rolls up her sleeves and cooks up a believable and interesting story She really is a master storyteller She paints the picture in broad strokes The dialogue is not particularly rich but I like her sentence structure the way she dresses the story atop some good bones Her plot is clever and sort of unusual I found myself thinking how did she come up with THAT secret and it has the right amount of foreshadowing And she doesn t have any over the top drama or dialogue that would make it seem unrealistic Her language is impeccable and she weaves scenes together beautifully sometimes even while jumping back and forth between time periods I discovered something curious Even though I m all over it if there are too many mundane little things being described Patchett for some reason can get away with it without sending me screaming for my Complaint Board I m thinking it s her sophisticated language that makes the simple details sound acceptable And she has a real talent for painting a vivid picture with an economy of wordsThe book opens at a christening party for baby Franny who is the main character of the story It is there that the married Albert lustfully eyeballs Franny s beautiful married mother Beverly By the next chapter or two the story jumps to Albert and Beverly being a married couple we don t get the story of how the divorces went down Patchett wins the prize for the weirdest man s name ever Beverly s cuckolded husband is named Fix Seriously With the new family structures in place we start getting to Childerley know all the children of the two divorces Theids have a secret oh how I love a good secret and the repercussions of this secret are at the core of the story I loved the way Patchett described how the Cultural Excursions kids formed a tribe that was theirs alone The tribe had the innocence of childhood and the ties among theids were touching and real While their parents dealt with their own adult dramas the Cruelty and Laughter kids were often left to themselves a pack of littleids having adventures and doing things that the parents would freak out about if they Cop Knowledge knew It made me think about how complicated and fascinating sibling dynamics are I m one of fiveids the story reminded me of how it felt to be around many siblings and it sent me down memory lanePatchett really is good at developing characters I liked the personalities that she gave each Cultural Aesthetics kid especially and the way they interacted was believable and intriguing The book spans about 50 years I was invested in seeing whatind of adults these Class and Conformity kids grew into And as other reviewers have mentioned the adults could have come right out of the TV series Mad Men Whereas the youngids were busy mostly having fun the adults seemed incredibly sad and sometimes boozy Franny s story is the most developed As an adult she has a relationship with an idol that will affect the entire family hint it has to do with the relationship between reality and art And she is the main Descartes and His Contemporaries kid who cares for her ailing dad at the end Despite the fact that there was a tragedy this was basically a tame family drama well done and realistic But I always clamor for edge Even though I m a total chicken and won t even put the tip of my toe over any edge I sure like my fictional characters to be perched fearless and going for the plunge For instance wouldn t it have been bizarre and juicy if two of the stepids had gotten it on Now THAT might have made me sit up and chirp But that would be a whole nother story for a whole nother day When Bert Cousins saw Beverly Keating it was love at first sight Never mind that they met at the christening party for her second child Never mind that Bert had a wife and several progeny of his own He wanted this incredibly beautiful woman This was the start of his life It was also the end of two marriages beginning a ripple that would con. One Sunday afternoon in Southern California Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited Before evening falls he has issed Franny’s mother Beverly thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two familiesSpanning five decades Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involve.
Tinue spreading its impact over the next half century Jump all those fifty years or less Beverly s ex Fix Keating the one she had left for Bert is battling cancer His daughter Franny the baby being christened in chapter one is there to help out Jump back to Bert and Beverly moving to Virginia in the 1960s her two ids in tow and his four arriving for the summer Jump to Franny working at a Chicago bar after dropping out of law school and meeting a literary icon The large jumps mean that we get only small fragments of entire lifetimes It may be the writer s impulse as it is for many visual artists to pare a story down to essentials significant moments that define the substance of the tale being told This happened then and the rest followed from that The notion being I expect that you don t really need all that in between material to see the path If we see cause pebble in the pond we don t need to see every single ripple or the spaces between them to understand that the ripples we do see arrived as a result of the initial stoneAnn Patchett from The Guardian Commonwealth another strong addition to Ann Patchett s body of work should be sold with springs in the binding for the considerable chronological leaps Patchett takes in giving us a portrait of people and families that emerge from the marital mixer Given how many folks these days lived live or will live in blended families Patchett among them us there should be plenty of resonance for large portions of the reading public The Keating Education and Equality kids move with their mother from California to Virginia when Beverly remarries This echoes the author s history as she had made a similar move as aid when her mother remarried leaving LA for Tennessee Her stepfather s four Deceptive Beauties kids stayed in California as Bert sids do in the novel The commonwealth of Dangerous Work kids in both Patchett s actual life and in her novel comes in at a half dozen so shenows of what she writes Her father like Fix Keating had career in the LAPD Patchett made good use of her work as a waitress to inform her description of Franny working at a bar in Chicago There is plenty of Ann Pachett s life sewn into her storyThere are two major events in the book from which much of the repercussion spreads Beverly leaving her husband to marry someone else and move a continent away and a tragic death that take place when the six ids are all together in the east In The Getaway Car a memoir ish piece she wrote about writing included in her non fic collection This is the Story of a Happy Marriage Patchett notes I ve always been grateful and somewhat amazed that I read The Magic Mountain in my high school English class That novel s basic plot a group of strangers are thrown together by circumstance and form a society in confinement became the story line for just about everything I ve ever written That would certainly fit here as the six step sibs form their own community of sorts one in which they may not have absolute power but one in which they exercise as much group autonomy as possible The circumstance in which they find themselves and the relationships that are formed there will affect the rest of their lives Maybe the point is that we are all in it together for better or worse for ups and downs for dislocation and for stasis for jumps and for landings Maybe it is just Patchett telling the story of her family You could take it either way or both ways Neither interpretation would reuire a leap There is a lot here on parenting Much of it reflecting the attitudes of different eras It is not so strange for example that a 1960s lawyer would leave most of the parenting to his homemaker wife or wives as the case may be That reflected the pre Lib ethos that ruled at the time But Bert is definitely presented as an absentee parent His ex coping as a single mother with four ids is stretched to the limit The speed at which their mother ran from work to school to the grocery store to home had doubled She was always arriving always leaving never there but there is definitely a uestion as to how attentive a mother she would have been under any circumstances Patchett plays the cheaper by the half dozen set up for a bit of light humor Their mother made everyone line up in the itchen according to age and come to the stove with their plate instead of putting the food on the table in dishes as she did every other night of the year In the summers they wandered out of the civilized world and into the early orphanage scenes of Oliver Twist And there is one particular bit involving the youngest of the crew six year old Albie and some inappropriate music that is howlingly funny But there are events in the half dozen s time together that are as serious as a heart attack And those secrets threaten to come to light when Franny s literary fling absorbs the family tale from her and reproduces it as an original novel titled Commonwealth And then worse a movieThe big time shifts in Commonwealth were both jarring and refreshing Definitely makes the reader heat up those gray cells and get them sparking I did wish however that there had been material about several of the characters And some indication of why they were the way they were Why for example was Bev so open to moving on from her first marriage The structure holds with only a few supporting pillars but I wanted rebar closer together I was reminded of Jennifer Haigh s novel Baker Towers which was pretty good But the author later wrote News From Heaven a story collection that fleshed out the Baker Towers stories some I have no idea if Patchett has material in store for these characters but it would not be a bad idea if she did Patchett s writing here is closer to home than in some of her well nown novels Her birthplace Los Angeles instead of Bel Canto s unspecified Somewhere South America Virginia standing in for Tennessee when she grew up and where she still lives instead of the remote of State of Wonder The characters and situations clearly drawn from Patchett s life resonate with a palpable reality even though no one of them holds the stage long enough Connections are made between events and their conseuences supported by a swath of vignette and sharp observation You are unlikely to relate to all the commonwealth members or their outer circle but there are bound to be some characters who trip your connection switches and others whose circumstances and maybe ways of being you will recognize A society of people will not rise fall or sustain as a result of reading Commonwealth but it would definitely be in their collective self interest to do so It is a fascinating look at how change can affect our lives and how we might find some sustenance by facing the world with the help and support of those with whom we have been thrown togetherPublication 9132016Review Posted and first posted 6102016EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal Twitter and FB pagesPatchett seems to have stopped adding tweets to her Twitter page in 2011 but the feed from the bookstore in which she is a partner Parnassus Books is alive and wellThe only other Ann Patchett book I have reviewed is State of Wonder I have read but not reviewed Bel Canto and This is the Story of a Happy MarriageA musical item of possible relevance November 23 2016 Commonwealth is named to the NY Times list of 100 Notable Books of 2016 I am afraid I am going to be the outlier on this one I wanted to love it I was so sure I would love it that I purchased the hardcover copy to cherish which I rarely do I adore Ann Patchett I just could not connect with this family drama or any of the characters I can t fault her writing or the story or how it was laid out it just was not compelling to me I liked it in a very mild way but I am not sure I ll remember much about it in a few monthsI m sorry fellow Patchett lovers Not my favorite of her works This is a moving novel about the blended modern family inspired by Ann Patchett s D 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 themWhen 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.
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Jeanne RayShe moved to Nashville Tennessee when she was six where she continues to live Patchett said she loves her home in Nashville with her doctor husband and dog If asked if she could go any place that place would always be home Home is the stable window that opens out into the imaginationPatchett attended high school at St Bernard Academy a private non parochial Catholic school for girls run by the Sisters of Mercy Following graduation she attended Sarah Lawrence College and took fiction writing classes with