By Ann Patchett

The acclaimed, bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize—tells the mesmerizing tale of the way an unforeseen romantic stumble upon irrevocably alterations households’ lives.

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins indicates up at Franny Keating’s christening celebration uninvited. prior to night falls, he has kissed Franny’s mom, Beverly—thus atmosphere in movement the dissolution in their marriages and the becoming a member of of 2 households.

Spanning 5 a long time, Commonwealth explores how this opportunity come upon reverberates throughout the lives of the 4 mom and dad and 6 young ones concerned. Spending summers jointly in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins kids forge a long-lasting bond that's in response to a shared disillusionment with their mom and dad and the unusual and real affection that grows up among them.

When, in her twenties, Franny starts off an affair with the mythical writer Leon Posen and tells him approximately her family members, the tale of her siblings is not any longer hers to manage. Their early life turns into the root for his wildly winning ebook, finally forcing them to return to phrases with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply dependable connection they suppose for one another.

Told with equivalent measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on notion, interpretation, and the possession of reports. it's a incredible and smooth story of the far-reaching ties of affection and accountability that bind us together.

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