Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
I’m a big Ann Patchett fan, which can be a mixed thing when facing her new book. On the one hand, it’s a new book from an author you love. On the other hand, it’s a new book from an author you love. The expectations are high. Luckily, I found that Commonwealth delivered.
Here is the premise, straight from the blurb:
One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.
There is more to the blurb, but that’s all I think you should know going in. Commonwealth is a family saga that slowly builds, one character and one recollection at a time. I really loved exploring the different facets of the shared and not-so-shared experiences of this family. The writing and characters were so rich. True, it was lighter on plot, but I felt at ease in Patchett’s hands. It’s a good place to be. If you like Patchett’s other works or if you like a good family saga, Commonwealth is a solid offering.