These Precious Days by Ann Patchett: A thank you for the days

Book review: Acclaimed novelist turns her hand to a collection of personal essays

In her new collection of essays, These Precious Days,  Ann Patchett dispenses wisdom on the differences between life and art

In her new collection of essays, These Precious Days, Ann Patchett dispenses wisdom on the differences between life and art

“People are not characters, no matter how often we tell them they are; conversations are not dialogue; and the actions of our days don’t add up to a plot. In life, time runs along in its sameness, but in fiction time is condensed – one action springboards into another, greater action. Cause and effect are so much clearer in novels than in life.”

In her new collection of essays, Ann Patchett dispenses wisdom on the differences between life and art with the precision and ease of an old hand, someone who is entirely comfortable in her own skin and confident in her ability as both artist and human being. This will hardly come as a surprise to fans of the American author of seven novels and three works of nonfiction.

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