Commonwealth

Commonwealth

A Novel

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"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."--
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062491794
0062491792
Branch Call Number: Patchett, A
PATCHETT A
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 24 cm

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When Bert Cousins crashes the christening party for baby Franny, the daughter of near-stranger Fix Keating, he winds up getting drunk and kissing Fix's wife Beverly. His actions set off a cataclysmic chain of events that result in the two families becoming inextricably intertwined, parents and ch... Read More »

The story of two broken families and the paths their lives take over the course of 40 years, through love and marriage, death and divorce, and a dark secret from childhood that lies underneath it all.

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BostonPL_LauraB Jan 30, 2017

Ann Patchett is one of those authors that I can't really describe what it is about her novels that keeps me coming back for more. They aren't necessarily page turners, yet something still compels me to read them. Commonwealth was no different, as I was absorbed by the Cousins and Keating family d... Read More »


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peacebenow
Aug 02, 2017

A well written story of 2 families (Keatings, Cousins) and how they merge and interconnect over the years. Has an unexpected twists and gradually reveals the dynamics of all.

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xiaojunbpl12
Mar 03, 2017

A master story-teller she is, transcends ordinary to magical.
It's not flawless, e,g. character's subconscious flashbacks have mixed effects on me, from elucidating, puzzling (or suspenseful at its best), to incongruous at its worst.
Interweaving of different time periods and character interactions seems effortless, but never lose appeal, from the beginning through the end - the end of life of two "virtuous"(Teresa and Fix) while two "evil"(Bert and Beverly) are still well.
Franny is the crux of two families, and I'm intrigued (positive or negative) by author's mastermind to set up her affair with a much older literatus.
I'm looking forward to Ann Pachett's lecture (April, mfa)!

BostonPL_LauraB Jan 30, 2017

Ann Patchett is one of those authors that I can't really describe what it is about her novels that keeps me coming back for more. They aren't necessarily page turners, yet something still compels me to read them. Commonwealth was no different, as I was absorbed by the Cousins and Keating family drama as we bobbed around through the past 60 years. Lovely writing.

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