Monday, November 20, 2006

Truth and Beauth by Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett's Bel Canto is a novel I really enjoyed a few summers back, so when I read about her tender memoir of her friendship with fellow writer Lucy Grealy, I assumed it would be a very good book. Patchett and Grealy were friends at Iowa Writer's Workshop, and much of Truth and Beauty is about the writing life. Grealey, who wrote her own memoir about the agonies of living with a face disfigured by childhood illness (Autobiography of a Face), suffered through thirty-some surgical procedures, always confiding her pain in letters and phone calls to Patchett. Grealy's life and eventual death are the centerpiece of this examination of all-consuming love between friends. I am planning to read Grealy's book next.

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