This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, by Ann Patchett

Patchett has wanted to be a fiction writer since she was a child, but after her college education and her stint at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for grad school she supported herself with writing magazine articles for several years. The articles she chose for this essay collection add up to a sort of autobiography. I especially enjoyed her account of training for and taking the entrance exam, written and physical, for the Los Angeles police department, as police officer had been her father’s career. The happy marriage of the title was achieved after seeing her parent’s marriage break up and Ann’s reluctance to undertake a second marriage after the failure of her first. I listened to the book on CD which is narrated by the author.

RATING: * * * * Very, very good

Reviewed by: kh

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