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Sandra Post, June 15, 2015 (view all comments by Sandra Post)
Ann Patchett's memoir about her close friendship with Lucy Grealy is a heart-warming and heart-breaking story about a special friendship that begins after college and lasts until they are in their late thirties, ending as many stories must end. Lucy Grealy, brilliant, quirky, creative and self-destructive, lives a wild life strongly influenced by childhood cancer in her jaw and a lifetime of surgeries. Ann Patchett is the rock, the stable force in Lucy's life. I was drawn into the depth of their friendship because we've all known people like these two women who come into each other's lives and share a love and a bond that is rare. A touching story written by a master storyteller.
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EK, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by EK)
I adore this book. It is a raw and honest look at the pain and love that goes into relationships. Ann Patchett and Lucy Grealy are both amazing authors and this book shares about their deep friendship.
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Jasmine, January 21, 2007 (view all comments by Jasmine)
A wonderful, absorbing, and sad book about friendship and love.
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lilah78, October 7, 2006 (view all comments by lilah78)
In her finest work yet, Patchett paints a poignant picture of friendship, one that all of us can, on some level, relate to. By weaving Lucy Grealy's letters throughout this brutally honest narrative, Patchett gives the reader another level of insight into their sometimes tumultuous friendship. At the same time she keeps Grealy alive and allows the late poet to speak for herself in a memoir where Patchett's version of the story can, at times, seem to overshadow Grealy's redeeming qualities.
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Product Details

A Friendship
Patchett, Ann
by Ann Patchett
Harper Perennial
United states
Female friendship
Personal Memoirs
General Biography
Grealy, Lucy
Ewing's sarcoma - Patients - United States
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
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8.02x5.40x.69 in. .47 lbs.

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Patchett's eloquent prose gives a vivid portrait of the friendship that she and Lucy Grealy shared. I applaud Patchett's honesty and her refusal to gloss over the difficulties of their friendship. When I found out that Lucy Grealy had died, I was stunned and saddened. She was so full of genius and passionate beauty. I am grateful Patchett chose to give the world this book.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This memoir of Patchett's friendship with Autobiography of a Face author Lucy Grealy shares many insights into the nature of devotion. One of the best instances of this concerns a fable of ants and grasshoppers. When winter came, the hard-working ant took the fun-loving grasshopper in, each understanding their roles were immutable. It was a symbiotic relationship. Like the grasshopper, Grealy, who died at age 39 in 2002, was an untethered creature, who liked nothing more than to dance, drink and fling herself into Patchett's arms like a kitten. Patchett (The Patron Saint of Liars; Bel Canto) tells this story chronologically, in bursts of dialogue, memory and snippets of Grealy's letters, moving from the unfolding of their deep connection in graduate school and into the more turbulent waters beyond. Patchett describes her attempts to be a writer, while Grealy endured a continuous round of operations as a result of her cancer. Later, when adulthood brought success, but also heartbreak and drug addiction, the duo continued to be intertwined, even though their link sometimes seemed to fray. This gorgeously written chronicle unfolds as an example of how friendships can contain more passion and affection than any in the romantic realm. And although Patchett unflinchingly describes the difficulties she and Grealy faced in the years after grad school, she never loses the feeling she had the first time Grealy sprang into her arms: "[She] — came through the door and it was there, huge and permanent and first." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A tough and loving tribute, hard to put down, impossible to forget."
"Review" by , "To say that Truth and Beauty is a memoir about [a] friendship, while true, doesn't begin to do justice to the extraordinary bond the two writers shared or Patchett's refined reflection upon it."
"Review" by , "A harrowing document, composed in a spare, forthright style? Grealy's letters glow with the energy of a quirkily original voice?.The juxtaposing of these very different voices makes the memoir an inspired duet."
"Review" by , "Dazzling in its psychological interpretations...candid in its self-portraiture, and gracefully balanced between emotion and reason...an utterly involving and cathartic elegy that speaks to everyone who would do anything for their soul mate."
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