Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.
Copies of the book will be available at the library.
Join us on Wednesday April 26th at 1pm!
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. Spanning
five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter
reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children
involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins
children forge a lasting bond based on a shared disillusionment with
their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows between
them. When in her twenties Franny begins an affair with the legendary
author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her
siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis
for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to
terms with their losses, guilt, and the deep loyalty they feel for one
another. Told with equal measures humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is
a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of
stories, a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love
and responsibility that bind us to one another. --from annpatchett.com