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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
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"It was about the inestimable burden of their lives: the work, the houses, the friendships, the marriages, the children, as if all the things they’d wanted and worked for had cemented the impossibility of any sort of happiness."

–Ann Patchett

It's gonna be a good year for reading, I can tell.

Ann Patchett's latest was a good one, though she's been such a reliable author I'd be surprised if it wasn't.

This novel chases two sets of half-siblings back and forth between the moment their family branched to their own fallout as adults.

I do often get bored with novels that are about discontented domestic 40-somethings moping about their existence and there are times when Commonwealth bordered on that. But the true-feeling characters and creative approach to storytelling kept the whole thing afloat.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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“...he had found her life meaningful when she could make no sense of it at all.”
Ann Patchett, Commonwealth


Reading Progress

October 31, 2016 – Shelved
October 31, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
December 11, 2016 – Started Reading
December 11, 2016 –
page 33
9.82%
December 12, 2016 –
page 60
17.86%
December 13, 2016 –
page 92
27.38%
December 15, 2016 –
page 154
45.83%
December 17, 2016 –
page 202
60.12%
December 17, 2016 –
page 235
69.94%
December 19, 2016 –
page 260
77.38%
December 20, 2016 –
page 270
80.36%
December 21, 2016 –
page 283
84.23%
January 8, 2017 – Finished Reading
January 22, 2017 – Shelved as: current-fiction

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