more about: Truth & Beauty

A Special Message to You From Ann Patchett

I’m very glad that Real Simple chose my book Truth & Beauty for their book club (and I’m glad they still have a book club!). In 2008, when this club read my novel Run, I was asked if I would answer some questions from readers online and I was happy to do it. When I was asked if I’d answer […]

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Truth & Beauty: The End

It’s hard to find the words to express the sadness I felt at the end of this book. Lucy’s tragic, self-destructive, and—in the end—hopeless life will haunt me for some time. Between Ann and her army of friends, Lucy had all the support she could have possibly needed to survive. And yet her suffering and self-loathing were insurmountable. Given all […]

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Truth & Beauty: Chapters 10 to 14

“I live to serve,” Ann says in Chapter 14, and that might be the understatement of the book. All this time I thought Lucy was the heart of this story. But for me, Ann is the hero here. I don’t believe that was her intention in writing this book at all, but I’ve come to love and respect her. Her […]

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Truth & Beauty: Chapters 5 to 9

It’s official: I love these girls and this book! I’ve accepted Lucy and Ann’s shortcomings—they are human, after all—and I’m finding them truly fascinating, especially Lucy. I mean really—living with a tissue expander the size of Rhode Island in your face for months on end in dreary, rainy Scotland amid the brutally harassing mobs of townsfolk?! Lucy is allowed to […]

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Truth & Beauty: Chapters 1 to 4

Four chapters in and I’m not quite sold yet—but I’m getting there. Everyone who sees me reading this book says she absolutely loves it and what a beautiful and heartbreaking story it is. I want to believe that’s where we’re headed, but thus far, I’m watching an entirely codependent relationship develop and I worry for them both. At first it […]

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A Quick Post

A little delayed, but I wanted to get back to JoToad about our reading schedule. I plan to post now every Monday, so how does this sound: Week 1 (for Monday!): Chapters 1-4 Week 2: Chapters 5-9 Week 3: Chapters 10-14 Week 4: Chapter 15-finish Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the first four chapters! —Casey Are you reading […]

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Hi, Everyone!

My name is Casey Tierney, and I am Real Simple’s photo director. I am thrilled to be leading this month’s No Obligation Book Club and to be reading Ann Patchett’s Truth & Beauty: A Friendship with you. I haven’t peeked at the book yet—and I’ve never read Ann Patchett before—so I have no idea what to expect. I hope we […]

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