Commonwealth: A Novel by Ann Patchett | Conversation Starters
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Commonwealth, the latest novel from author Ann Patchett, tells the story of the Keating and Cousins families. At Franny Keating's christening, Beverly Keating and Bert Cousins fall in love with each other and share a kiss that forever changes the lives of the two families. The families will now be split up between California and Virginia. For fifty years, Commonwealth details the lives of the Keatings and Cousins families. When Franny Keating enters adulthood, she meets the author Leo Posen, whose writing she has admired for many years. Leo chooses to write a story about her childhood experiences. The novel allows the family members to reconnect and face the circumstances that forever changed their lives years ago.
Commonwealth was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2016.
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