Ann Patchett

  • Pour échapper, le temps d'un dimanche, à sa propre famille, Albert s'incruste au baptême de Franny, la fille d'un vague collègue, et succombe à la beauté renversante de Beverly, qui n'est autre que la mère de Franny. Quelques années plus tard, Albert et Beverly se marient. Chaque été, leurs enfants se retrouvent tous chez eux, en Virginie, formant une petite tribu avide de liberté, prête à tout pour tromper l'ennui. Mais un drame fait voler en éclats le rythme et les liens de cette fratrie recomposée. Un roman somptueux qui accompagne sur cinq décennies des personnages lumineux, extraordinairement attachants.

  • Danny et Maeve, un frère et une soeur unis par un amour indéfectible, ne cessent de revenir devant leur ancienne demeure se heurter aux vitres d'un passé douloureux. Cette imposante Maison hollandaise, écrin des joies et des peines de leur enfance, source de leurs malheurs, les attire comme un aimant. À travers le destin de ces deux quasi-orphelins, Ann Patchett, en déchiffreuse éclairée de l'âme humaine, signe un roman pénétrant sur l'abandon, le pardon, les liens filiaux et le rapport que chacun d'entre nous entretient avec le passé.

  • Un soir de neige de 2006, Tip, un jeune Noir de 20 ans, fils adoptif de l'ancien maire de Boston, est violemment poussé à terre. Lorsqu'il relève la tête, il comprend que la femme qui gît près de lui, renversée par une voiture, lui a sauvé la vie. Ce qu'il ne sait pas, c'est que cette femme, qui va naviguer toute la nuit, le temps du roman, entre la vie et la mort, a veillé sur lui, de loin, depuis son plus jeune âge. Avec Dans la course, Ann Patchett signe un grand roman sur la famille.

  • Scientifique et chercheuse pour une entreprise pharmaceutique du Minnesota, le Dr Marina Singh est envoyée au Brésil sur les traces de son ancien mentor, le Dr Annick Swenson. Celle-ci semble avoir totalement disparu dans la jungle amazonienne alors qu'elle travaillait sur un nouveau médicament d'une extrême importance (une pilule qui allongerait la fertilité de plusieurs années), tandis qu'un collègue et ami de Marina, qui l'avait précédée, est mort dans de mystérieuses circonstances... Variation moderne sur Au coeur des ténèbres de Conrad, Anatomie de la stupeur est un roman sombre et magnifique, où la beauté de l'inattendu côtoie l'insondabilité de la perte.

  • Anglais Run

    Ann Patchett

    Tip and Teddy are becoming men under the very eyes of their adoptive father, Bernard Doyle. A student at Harvard, Tip is happiest in a lab, whilst Teddy thinks he has found his calling in the Church, and both are increasingly strained by their father's protective plans for them. But when they are involved in an accident on an icy road, the Doyles are forced to confront certain truths about their lives, how the death of Doyle's wife Bernadette has affected the family, and an anonymous figure who is always watching.

  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is an irresistible blend of literature and memoir revealing the big experiences and little moments that shaped Ann Patchett as a daughter, wife, friend and writer.
    Here, Ann Patchett shares entertaining and moving stories about her tumultuous childhood, her painful early divorce, the excitement of selling her first book, driving a Winnebago from Montana to Yellowstone Park, her joyous discovery of opera, scaling a six-foot wall in order to join the Los Angeles Police Department, the gradual loss of her beloved grandmother, starting her own bookshop in Nashville, her love for her very special dog and, of course, her eventual happy marriage.
    This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a memoir both wide ranging and deeply personal, overflowing with close observation and emotional wisdom, told with wit, honesty and irresistible warmth.

  • Sabine-- twenty years a magician's assistant to her handsome, charming husband-- is suddenly a widow. In the wake of his death, she finds he has left a final trick; a false identity and a family allegedly lost in a tragic accident but now revealed as very much alive and well. Named as heirs in his will, they enter Sabine's life and set her on an adventure of unraveling his secrets, from sunny Los Angeles to the windswept plains of Nebraska, that will work its own sort of magic on her.

  • Since her first publication in 1992, celebrated novelist Ann Patchett has crafted a number of elegant novels, garnering accolades and awards along the way. Now comes a beautiful reissue of the best-selling debut novel that launched her remarkable career.St. Elizabeth's, a home for unwed mothers in Habit, Kentucky, usually harbors its residents for only a little while. Not so Rose Clinton, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but not unwed, and stays. She plans to give up her child, thinking she cannot be the mother it needs. But when Cecilia is born, Rose makes a place for herself and her daughter amid St. Elizabeth's extended family of nuns and an ever-changing collection of pregnant teenage girls. Rose's past won't be kept away, though, even by St. Elizabeth's; she cannot remain untouched by what she has left behind, even as she cannot change who she has become in the leaving.

  • Anglais Commonwealth

    Ann Patchett

    A powerful story of two families brought together by beauty and torn apart by tragedy, the new novel by the Orange Prize-winning author of Bel Canto and State of Wonder is her most astonishing yet It is 1964: Bert Cousins, the deputy district attorney, shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited, bottle of gin in hand. As the cops of Los Angeles drink, talk and dance into the June afternoon, he notices a heart-stoppingly beautiful woman. When Bert kisses Beverly Keating, his host's wife, the new baby pressed between them, he sets in motion the joining of two families whose shared fate will be defined on a day seven years later. In 1988, Franny Keating, now twenty-four, has dropped out of law school and is working as a cocktail waitress in Chicago. When she meets one of her idols, the famous author Leon Posen, and tells him about her family, she unwittingly relinquishes control over their story. Franny never dreams that the consequences of this encounter will extend beyond her own life into those of her scattered siblings and parents. Told with equal measures of humour and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a powerful and tender tale of family, betrayal and the far-reaching bonds of love and responsibility. A meditation on inspiration, interpretation and the ownership of stories, it is Ann Patchett's most astonishing work to date.

  • Anglais Taft

    Ann Patchett

    Best-selling novelist Ann Patchett's second, "strikingly original" novel about a middle-aged black man who runs a blues club in Memphis. />

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