Truth & Beauty: A Friendship

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Bestselling author and Orange Prize winner Ann Patchett’s first work of non-fiction is a searing, emotionally wrenching account of her long friendship with the critically acclaimed, and recently deceased author, Lucy Grealy.

‘It is remarkable for me to remember now that I thought it would be possible to walk away from her, that she might have gone on living, but without me. I know now I never would have had the strength of my convictions. I am living in a world without Lucy. I have no choice about that. If she were alive and I had that choice, I wouldn't have been able to last without her for a day.'

What happens when the person who is your family is someone you aren't bound to by blood? What happens when the person you promise to love and to honour for the rest of your life is not your lover, but your best friend? In her frank and startlingly intimate first work of nonfiction,Truth & Beauty, Ann Patchett shines light on the little explored world of women's friendships and shows us what it means to stand together.

Ann Patchett and Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, and, after enrolling in the Iowa Writer's Workshop, began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work. In her critically acclaimed and hugely successful memoir, Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy wrote about the first half of her life: losing part of her jaw to childhood cancer, the years of chemotherapy and radiation, and then the endless reconstructive surgeries. In Truth & Beauty, the story isn't Lucy's life or Ann's life, but the parts of their lives they shared together. This is a portrait of unwavering commitment that spans twenty years, from the long cold winters of the Midwest, to surgical wards, to book parties in New York. Through love, fame, drugs and despair, this is what it means to be part of two lives that are intertwined.

This is a tender, yet sometimes brutal book about loving the person we cannot save. It is about loyalty, and about being lifted up by the sheer effervescence of someone who knew how to live life to the fullest.

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Ann Patchett and the late Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, and, after enrolling in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work. In Grealy's critically acclaimed memoir, Autobiography of a Face, she wrote about losing part of her jaw to childhood cancer, years of chemotherapy and radiation, and endless reconstructive surgeries. In Truth & Beauty, the story isn't Lucy's life or Ann's life, but the parts of their lives they shared. This is a portrait of unwavering commitment that spans twenty years, from the long winters of the Midwest, to surgical wards, to book parties in New York. Through love, fame, drugs, and despair, this is what it means to be part of two lives that are intertwined . . . and what happens when one is left behind.

This is a tender, brutal book about loving the person we cannot save. It is about loyalty, and being lifted up by the sheer effervescence of someone who knew how to live life to the fullest.

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"{a} loving, clear-sighted portrayal.." -- Elle

"An inspired duet...riveting." -- Joyce Carol Oates-New York Times Book Review

An inspired duet...riveting. --Joyce Carol Oates New York Times Book Review

{a} loving, clear-sighted portrayal.. --Elle

"An inspired duet...riveting."--Joyce Carol Oates--New York Times Book Review

"A contemporary story of friendship and the writing life at once intense, honest, and heartbreaking. Highly recommended."--Library Journal (starred review)

."..lyrical, lovely...Patchett has preserved her friend's talent in this book, and provided more evidence of her own."--BookPage

"{a} loving, clear-sighted portrayal.."--Elle

"Unforgettable...carefully rendered and breathtaking."--Chicago Sun-Times

Unforgettable...carefully rendered and breathtaking. --Chicago Sun-Times"

An inspired duet...riveting. --Joyce Carol Oates--New York Times Book Review"

...lyrical, lovely...Patchett has preserved her friend s talent in this book, and provided more evidence of her own. --BookPage"

{a} loving, clear-sighted portrayal.. --Elle"

A contemporary story of friendship and the writing life at once intense, honest, and heartbreaking. Highly recommended. --Library Journal (starred review)"

..".lyrical, lovely...Patchett has preserved her friend's talent in this book, and provided more evidence of her own."--BookPage

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