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Truth & beauty: a friendship

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The author of Bel Canto -- winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize and long-running New York Times bestseller -- turns to nonfiction in a moving chronicle of her decades-long friendship with the critically acclaimed and recently deceased author, Lucy Grealy.

What happens when the person who is your family is someone you aren't bound to by blood? What happens when that person is not your lover, but your best friend? In her frank and startlingly intimate first work of nonfiction, 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 after enrolling in the Iowa Writer's Workshop began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work. In her critically acclaimed memoir, Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy wrote about the first half of her life. 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 portrait of unwavering commitment that spans 20 years, from the long cold winters of the Midwest to surgical wards to book parties in New York. Through love, fame, drugs and despair, this is what it means to be part of two lives that are intertwined.

This is a tender, 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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9780060572150
9780060782733
9780060572143
9780061754814
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subject_facet Disfigured persons -- United States -- Biography, Ewing's sarcoma -- Patients -- United States -- Biography, Female friendship -- United States, Grealy, Lucy, Grealy, Lucy -- Friends and associates, Grealy, Lucy -- Health, Patchett, Ann -- Friends and associates
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title_short Truth & beauty :
title_sub a friendship
topic_facet Biography & Autobiography, Disfigured persons, Ewing's sarcoma, Female friendship, Friends and associates, Grealy, Lucy, Health, Nonfiction, Patchett, Ann, Patients, Women's Studies