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Ann Patch­ett

Amer­i­can author Ann Patch­ett was born and raised in Los An­ge­les un­til she was six and then moved to Nashville, Ten­nessee, where she lives with her hus­band Karl and their dog Sparky. Ann re­calls a happy child­hood, but says, “I don’t think any­one else in my fam­ily was”, which has proved per­fect fod­der for her nov­els. Ann says she “can’t re­mem­ber not want­ing to be a writer” and stud­ied cre­ative writ­ing in New York and Iowa. Com­mon­wealth is her sev­enth novel and she has been short­listed for the Or­ange Prize for Fic­tion three times, win­ning in 2002 with the novel Bel Canto, which also won her the PEN/Faulkner Award. She has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in the world. The se­cret to her suc­cess, she says, is that she’s “good at plot. I like to tell sto­ries and have them come to a mean­ing­ful con­clu­sion. I don’t think that’s nec­es­sar­ily the se­cret of a great novel, but it’s the se­cret of a great Ann Patch­ett novel.”

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