This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, by Ann Patchett

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, by Ann Patchett

I received this book for free from the publisher. All content and opinions are my own.

Have you read anything by Ann Patchett? Anything at all? She’s a magnificent writer, to my view. And this collection of essays only confirms my opinion.

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a collection of Patchett’s previously written essays, originally published in a variety of sources. In the introduction, Patchett explains that she always knew she wanted to be a writer and that, when she grew tired of making a living being a waitress, she knew she needed to figure out how to make money from writing. So she became a magazine writer – for the likes of Seventeen, at first, and then at a bunch of different publications.

I loved TitSoaHM primarily because of the writing and, almost equally, for the glimpse it gives into Patchett’s life. Every essay brings in her personal experience. I learned about her grandma and her husband and her trip in an RV and the time a college picked her novel as a freshman read and people freaked out. I learned about her dog and her childhood and her friends and her writing advice (an essay called “The Getaway Car,” which I had read previously as a Kindle single).

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a great collection of essays. You could read them in order or all at once or over time or backwards (as I did). Either which way you read it, I doubt you’ll be sorry you did.