Books by Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is the winner of the Orange Prize, whose books include a memoir, Truth & Beauty, chronicling her friendship with the late writer Lucy Grealy, as well as such bestselling novels as Bel Canto and The Patron Saint of Liars. Her latest novel, State of Wonder, is equal parts medical thriller and adventure story as former surgeon Marina Singh is wrested from her comfortable life as a Minnesota pharmaceuticals researcher to undertake a mission in the perilous wilds of the Amazon. Photo credit: Melissa Ann Pinney


THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE by Ann Patchett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Wise, humane and always insightful."
A well-organized collection of a beloved, award-winning writer's nonfiction essays about her personal and literary lives. Read full book review >
STATE OF WONDER by Ann Patchett
THRILLERS
Released: June 7, 2011

"Thrilling, disturbing and moving in equal measures—even better than Patchett's breakthrough Bel Canto (2001)."
A pharmacologist travels into the Amazonian heart of darkness in this spellbinder from bestselling author Patchett (Run, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
RUN by Ann Patchett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"Compelling story but thematically heavy-handed."
A family-of-man fable that reads a little too pat to ring true. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2006 by Ann Patchett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2006

"Though more radical narrative strategies aren't represented, the selection is of such consistently high quality that almost any of these stories could be some reader's favorite."
Among the 20 competitors in what novelist Patchett (Bel Canto, 2001, etc.) terms "the short story Olympics," there are plenty of worthy contenders for the gold medal. Read full book review >
TRUTH & BEAUTY by Ann Patchett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 2004

"A tough and loving tribute, hard to put down, impossible to forget."
In her first nonfiction, novelist Patchett (Bel Canto, 2001, etc.) paints a deeply moving portrait of friendship between two talented writers, illuminating the bond between herself and poet Lucy Grealy. Read full book review >
BEL CANTO by Ann Patchett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2001

"Brilliant. "
Combining an unerring instinct for telling detail with the broader brushstrokes you need to tackle issues of culture and politics, Patchett (The Magician's Assistant, 1997, etc.) creates a remarkably compelling chronicle of a multinational group of the rich and powerful held hostage for months. Read full book review >
THE MAGICIAN'S ASSISTANT by Ann Patchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

Having produced wonders in two earlier novels (The Patron Saint of Liars, 1992; Taft, 1994), Patchett here conjures up a striking tale of pain and enchantment as an L.A. woman, who lost the love of her life after a few short months of marriage, finds unexpected consolation from her husband's family—a family she never knew he had. When Parsifal the Magician died suddenly of an aneurism, he left his assistant of 22 years, the statuesque Sabine, whom he'd recently married after his longtime gay partner Phan's death, heartbroken and numb. Read full book review >

TAFT by Ann Patchett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 1994

The author of The Patron Saint of Liars (1992) takes risks in her absorbing second novel—about a middle-aged black man who runs a blues club in Memphis—which has a good beginning and end but a static middle. A young white woman named Fay Taft from east Tennessee comes into the club one night looking for a job. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 1992

Patchett's first novel, set in rural Kentucky in a castle-like home for unwed mothers—where a good woman finds she cannot lie her way beyond love—has a quiet summer-morning sensibility that reminds one of the early work of Anne Tyler. Read full book review >