this book? it’s a good one.
i first read Ann Patchett when we lived in the jungle. Bel Canto was so popular…there was no way i could be interested in it 😉 but then i lived in the middle of the rainforest without electricity or tv or a wireless connection. there was only one other English speaker in our village. and we talked alot. but i also read many books. big books–Moby Dick, War and Peace. important books–Small Is Beautiful. but so many books i never would have chosen had i a library card in hand. Cold Mountain, Snow Falling on Cedars, Bel Canto–there’s a reason they were popular. good, good stories, lush descriptions, lovely language that gave breath to the characters. as much as i liked Patchett’s most decorated book, her Patron Saint of Liars is still my favorite. a Catholic home for young mothers? it’s not surprising that i was drawn to it.
(this is Ann in the snow that’s almost a character in its own right.) Run is populated with Catholics as well. and there are a few descriptions of the religious life that rival Mark Saltzman’s Lying Awake. descriptions that make me swoon. descriptions that make me want to be a nun.
so go check this one out. it’s a good day spent in its pages.