Audiobook CD - 2016
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The acclaimed, bestselling author--winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize--tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families' lives.

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly--thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.

When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another.

Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.

Publisher: New York : Harper Audio, [2016]
ISBN: 9780062561725
Branch Call Number: Audiobook FIC Patch
Characteristics: 9 audio discs (10 1/2 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Davis, Hope 1967-- Actor


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Sep 29, 2017

I always enjoy a multi-narrator read. I quite enjoyed the characters in this one.

Oct 15, 2016

I have always enjoyed books written by Ann Patchett, especially those with strong character development. I did not dislike this book, but there are more than 20 major characters: family portrait: a collage of parents, children, stepchildren, siblings, and stepsiblings.. Just when you wanted to follow the story line of one of them, the book jumped to another and it often took a few paragraphs to figure out exactly who the new person was and their significance. I would have preferred fewer well developed characters. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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