Truth & Beauty: A Friendship

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Truth & Beauty:  A Friendship by Ann Patchett


ISBN
9780007196784
Published
Binding
Paperback
Pages
272
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 17mm

Bestselling author and Orange Prize winner Ann Patchett's first work of non-fiction is a searing, emotionally wrenching account of her long friendship with the critically acclaimed and recently deceased author, Lucy Grealy.

It is remarkable for me to remember now that I thought it would be possible to walk away from her, that she might have gone on living, but without me . . . If she were alive and I had that choice, I wouldn't have been able to last without her for a day.

What happens when the person who is your family is someone you aren't bound to by blood? What happens when the person you promise to love and to honour for the rest of your life is not your lover, but your best friend? In her frank and startlingly intimate first work of non-fiction, Truth & Beauty, Ann Patchett shines light on the little-explored world of women's friendships and shows us what it means to stand together.

Ann Patchett and Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981 and began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work. In 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 childhood cancer, the years of chemotherapy and radiation, and then the endless reconstructive surgeries. In Truth & Beauty, the story isn't Lucy's life or Ann's life, but the parts of their lives they shared together.

This is a tender, yet sometimes brutal book about loving the person we cannot save. It is about loyalty, and about being lifted up by the sheer effervescence of someone who knew how to live life to the fullest.
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