#79 — Commonwealth

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Rating: 4/5
  • A family of four and a family of six become blended when the mother and father of each family leave their spouses for each other. The six kids spend summers together with limited supervision, then one of them dies
  • Untangling complex family dynamics over time is a theme found in many books. What makes this book unique is the added theme about writers stealing other people’s life stories, exploiting it for their own ends, and leaving the family to sort through what was or wasn’t real. It is about coming to terms with the narratives they created for themselves about each other and the events that transpired during their childhoods. It is also about how those individual narratives affected their relationships with one another and how it changed over time