Ann Patchett

in Los Angeles, CA, The United States
December 02, 1963




Patchett was born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother is the novelist Jeanne Ray.

She 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 imagination."

Patchett 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 Allan Gurganus, Russell Banks, and Grace Paley. She later attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa and the Fine Arts Wo

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Still Circling: An Interview With Stephanie Danler, Author of Stray

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Stephanie Danler’s debut novel Sweetbitter was a runaway bestseller and established her as an exciting new voice in fiction. For the follow-up, Danler has turned to memoir. Stray explores her volatile childhood and coming to terms with her past — perfectly describing the way addicts take over and change our lives, whether we give them permission to do so or not. Bookseller

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“It makes you wonder. All the brilliant things we might have done with our lives if only we suspected we knew how.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

“Never be so focused on what you're looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.”
Ann Patchett, State of Wonder

“Writing is a job, a talent, but it's also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.”
Ann Patchett, Truth and Beauty


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