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Truth & Beauty (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author


Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and three books of nonfiction. She has won many prizes, including Britain's Orange Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books.

Praise For…


“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)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060572150
ISBN-10: 0060572159
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: April 5th, 2005
Pages: 257
Language: English