Pub. Date:
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

by Ann Patchett


$14.99 $16.99 Save 12% Current price is $14.99, Original price is $16.99. You Save 12%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Tuesday, September 28


Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of  Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto, examines her deepest commitments—to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband—creating a resonant portrait of a life in This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage takes us into the very real world of Ann Patchett’s life. Stretching from her childhood to the present day, from a disastrous early marriage to a later happy one, it covers a multitude of topics, including relationships with family and friends, and charts the hard work and joy of writing, and the unexpected thrill of opening a bookstore.

As she shares stories of the people, places, ideals, and art to which she has remained indelibly committed, Ann Patchett brings into focus the large experiences and small moments that have shaped her as a daughter, wife, and writer.

Related collections and offers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062236685
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 85,510
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

ANN PATCHETT is the author of eight novels, four works of nonfiction, and two children's books. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the PEN/Faulkner, the Women's Prize in the U.K., and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her most recent novel, The Dutch House, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. TIME magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books.


Nashville, Tennessee

Date of Birth:

December 2, 1963

Place of Birth:

Los Angeles, California


B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1985; M.F.A., University of Iowa, 1987

Table of Contents

Nonfiction, an Introduction 1

How to Read a Christmas Story 16

The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir about Writing and Life 27

The Sacrament of Divorce 92

The Paris Match 106

This Dog's Life 112

The Best Seat in the House 122

My Road to Hell Was Paved 132

Tennessee 151

On Responsibility 163

The Wall 170

Fact vs. Fiction 231

My Life in Sales 245

"The Love Between the Two Women Is Not Normal" 259

The Right to Read 280

Do Not Disturb 294

Introduction to The Best American Short Stories 2006 304

Love Sustained 317

The Bookstore Strikes Back 338

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage 358

Our Deluge, Drop by Drop 409

Dog without End 414

The Mercies 427

Customer Reviews