Commonwealth

By: Ann Patchett
Published: September 13, 2016

Flight Pairings

Bel Canto

The Getaway Car

Anne’s thoughts

Finally, a new Patchett novel! And one the author says is largely inspired by her own family history. In the early pages, two families fall apart. We spend the rest of the story examining how each of the family members put themselves back together after the break—or, in some cases, didn’t. There’s so much to discuss here.

Latest Discussion

Note: Spoilers beyond this point

  • Tammy Breitweiser posted an update in the group Group logo of CommonwealthCommonwealth 1 week, 1 day ago

    I am almost done with the book…I purchased it when it first came out because I was so excited and it kept getting moved down the TBR pile – partly because I allowed myself to be the slave of the library requests! I almost finished last night but my eyes kept closing! I have about 50 pages remaining.

    I have an issue…and I am not sure why it…[Read more]

    • Interesting insight. I understand. I guess if she wanted it to be somewhat autobiographical, she thought that was important in shaping her story. ???

  • Elizabeth posted an update in the group Group logo of CommonwealthCommonwealth 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I saw this beautiful orange tree last week in California, and it made me think of gin.
  • [FORUM] Rose Booth replied to the topic So what'd you think?! in the forum Group logo of CommonwealthCommonwealth [SPOILERS] 2 months ago

    I finished the book this morning and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I plan on listening to the recorded webinar tonight. Often times when I’m so-so about a book, a good discussion of it makes me appreciate it more.

    For me, Frannie was integral to this story and my true north when I tried to tie pieces together. I could probably read a…[Read more]

  • I’m about an hour left in the audio book and I would say the last two hours have redeemed the book for me in many ways. I really couldn’t get in to it and I think because of the sporadic jumping around was hard to decipher. I could probably listen to this again and enjoy it more because I’m sure I’ve missed things along the way.

  • [FORUM] Ginger replied to the topic So what'd you think?! in the forum Group logo of CommonwealthCommonwealth [SPOILERS] 2 months, 1 week ago

    Great point about Cal’s death being more impactful than the divorce. You’ve convinced me. 🙂 But I think Cal’s death was both a direct and indirect effect of the adultery, so ultimately, it was still at the hands of the parents in many ways that Cal and the others were being neglected. Part of that may have just been part of the time in history,…[Read more]

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