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

Ann Patchett isn't a Goodreads Author (yet), but she does have a blog, so here are some recent posts imported from her feed.

Patron Saint of Self-Invention: An Excerpt from Alice Randall’s Black Bottom Saints

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We’ve got a real treat for you today. Alice Randall’s ingenious new novel Black Bottom Saints — our First Editions Club pick for August — is, as our own Ann Patchett calls it, a “tour de force.” And we’ve got an entire chapter for you to imbibe before digging into the entire thing. (Did we mention each saint has their own libation, and each chapter ends with their recipe?)

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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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