Truth and Beauty : A Friendship
by Ann Patchett
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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Successful author and Orange Prize winner Ann Patchett’s first non-fiction book is a furnace, emotionally very hard account of his long friendship with the critically acclaimed, and recently deceased author, Lucy Grealy”It is remarkable to remember now that I thought it would be possible to get away from her, that she could have lived, but without meI know now that I would never have had the strength of my convictionsI’m living in a world without Lucy.I don’t have a choice about that.If she were alive and I had a choice, I wouldn’t have been able to last without her for the day.”What happens when the person who is your family is someone of you are not related by bloodWhat happens when the person to whom you promise love and honor for the rest of your life is not your lover, but your best friendIn her frank and surprisingly intimate first work of fiction, Truth And Beauty, Ann Patchett shines the light on the little explored world of women, friendship relationships and shows us what it means to work togetherAnn Patchett and Lucy Grealy met at university in 1981, and, after enrolling in the Iowa Writing Workshop, began a friendship which defined both their lives and their workIn 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 cancer in childhood, the years of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, then the interminable reconstructiveIn Truth And Beauty, the story is not the life of Lucy or the Ann of Life, but the parts of their lives they shared togetherIt’s a portrait of the unwavering commitment that stretches over twenty years, from the long cold winters of the Midwest, to the operating rooms, to booking parties in New York StateThrough love, glory, drugs and despair, that’s what it means to be part of two intersecting livesIt’s a call for tenders, including
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