Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is an acclaimed American author known for her novels, essays, and works of non-fiction. She has received numerous awards for her writing, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction. Some of her notable works include 'Bel Canto,' 'State of Wonder,' and 'The Dutch House.'


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  1. 1. Bel Canto

    In an unnamed South American country, a lavish birthday party is thrown for a powerful businessman, with a famous opera singer as the guest of honor. The party is interrupted by a group of terrorists who take everyone hostage, demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades. As weeks turn into months, the hostages and their captors form unexpected bonds. The story explores the relationships that develop under these extraordinary circumstances, and the transformative power of music and love.

    The 1091st Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Dutch House

    The novel tells the story of siblings Maeve and Danny Conroy, who are raised in a grandiose mansion known as the Dutch House in suburban Philadelphia. After their mother abandons the family and their father dies, they are exiled from the house by their stepmother, Andrea. The siblings' bond deepens as they navigate their lives, haunted by the loss of their home and the impact of their past. The narrative explores themes of memory, forgiveness, and the inescapable nature of family history, as Maeve and Danny grapple with their shared experiences and the legacy of the Dutch House.

    The 9233rd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Tom Lake

    Set against the backdrop of a Michigan orchard during the COVID-19 pandemic, the story revolves around a mother named Lara who recounts her youthful romance with a famous actor to her three grown daughters. As they pick cherries and navigate the complexities of their own lives, Lara's tales of love, ambition, and choices made long ago reveal the intricate layers of family bonds and the enduring impact of past decisions on the present. Through this intimate narrative, themes of memory, identity, and the passage of time are poignantly explored.

    The 9902nd Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Commonwealth

    The novel spans five decades, telling the story of a large blended family that is forever changed when an unexpected romantic encounter occurs at a christening party. The repercussions of this event ripple through the lives of the four parents and six children involved, as secrets are revealed and relationships are forever altered. The story explores themes of love, responsibility, and the effects of a shared history.

    The 11294th Greatest Book of All Time