Ann Patchett

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Ann Patchett
Patchett at the 2012 Time 100 gala
Patchett at the 2012 Time 100 gala
Born (1963-12-02) December 2, 1963 (age 57)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationNovelist, memoirist
Alma materSarah Lawrence College
GenreLiterary fiction
Notable worksBel Canto

Ann Patchett (born December 2, 1963) is an American author. She received the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction in the same year, for her novel Bel Canto.[1][2] Patchett's other novels include The Patron Saint of Liars (1992),[3] Taft (1994),[4] The Magician's Assistant (1997), Run (2007),[5] State of Wonder (2011), Commonwealth (2016), and The Dutch House (2019).[6] The Dutch House was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.[7]


Patchett was born in Los Angeles, California,[8][9] to Frank Patchett, a Los Angeles police captain, and Jeanne Ray, a nurse who later became a novelist. She is the younger of two daughters. Frank and Jeanne divorced when she was young, and her mother remarried, moving the family to Nashville, Tennessee when Patchett was six years old.[10]

Patchett attended St. Bernard Academy, a private Catholic school for girls in Nashville, Tennessee run by the Sisters of Mercy.[3][4][8] Following graduation, she attended Sarah Lawrence College.[11] She later attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts,[3] where she wrote her first novel The Patron Saint of Liars.[3][9]

In 2010, she co-founded the bookstore Parnassus Books with Karen Hayes and it opened in November 2011.[12] In 2016, Parnassus Books expanded, adding a bookmobile to piggyback on the success of food trucks and expand the reach of the bookstore in Nashville.[13] In 2012, Patchett was on the Time 100 list of most influential people in the world by Time magazine.[14]

In her publication: 'This is the Story of a Happy Marriage'.[15](Chapter heading: 'The Sacrament of Divorce' first published in Vogue, 1987); author reports that she was previously married for one year in TN prior to writing her first novel. In the next chapter she refers to this ex-husband as Mark. In Chapter 21 she refers to him as Dennis [ibid]

Patchett currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, Karl VanDevender.[16]


Patchett at the Miami Book Fair International 2014

Patchett's first published work was in The Paris Review, a story that appeared before she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College.[9]

For nine years, Patchett worked at Seventeen magazine,[3] where she wrote primarily non-fiction and the magazine published one of every five articles she wrote. She ended her relationship with the magazine after getting into a dispute with an editor and exclaiming, "I’ll never darken your door again!"[3]

Patchett has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, O, The Oprah Magazine, ELLE, GQ, Gourmet, and Vogue.[11] In 1992, Patchett published The Patron Saint of Liars.[4] The novel was made into a television movie of the same title in 1998.[17] Her second novel Taft won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize in fiction in 1994.[4] Her third novel, The Magician’s Assistant, was released in 1997.[18] In 2001, her fourth novel Bel Canto was her breakthrough, becoming a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist,[19] and winning the PEN/Faulkner Award.[1]

A friend of writer Lucy Grealy, Patchett has written a memoir about their relationship, Truth and Beauty: A Friendship. Patchett's novel, Run,[5] was released in October 2007. What now?, published in April 2008, is an essay based on a commencement speech she delivered at her alma mater in 2006.

Patchett is the editor of the 2006 volume of the anthology series The Best American Short Stories.[20] In 2011, she published State of Wonder, a novel set in the Amazon jungle, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize.[2][21] In 2016 she published her novel Commonwealth to widespread critical acclaim. Patchett called the book her "autobiographical first novel," explaining, “The wonderful thing about publishing this book at 52 is that I know that I am [already] capable of working from a place of deep imagination.”[22]

In 2019, Patchett published her first children's book, Lambslide,[23] and the novel The Dutch House,[24] a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.[25]

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  • — (1992). The Patron Saint of Liars. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 039561306X. OCLC 24796726.
  • — (1994). Taft. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved 14 September 2016. Reprinted in the following year, see Taft. New York, NY: Random House. 1995. ISBN 0804113882. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  • — (1997). The Magician's Assistant. New York: Harcourt Brace. ISBN 9780151002634. OCLC 36225079.
  • — (2001). Bel Canto. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 9780060188733. OCLC 45466121.
  • — (2007). Run. New York: HarperLuxe. ISBN 9780061363931. OCLC 173640797.
  • — (2011). State of Wonder. New York: Harper. ISBN 978-0062049803. OCLC 649701863.
  • — (2016). Commonwealth. New York, NY: Harper. ISBN 9780062491794. OCLC 932576291.
  • — (2019). The Dutch House. New York, NY: Harper. ISBN 9780062963673.[32]



  1. ^ a b c PEN/Faulkner Staff (2002). "Past Winners & Finalists: 2002—Ann Patchett, Bel Canto". Archived from the original on 21 December 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Brown, Mark (April 17, 2012). "Orange Prize 2012 Shortlist Puts Ann Patchett in Running for Second Victory". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Weich, Dave; Patchett, Ann (June 27, 2001). "Exclusive to Powell's, Author Interviews: Ann Patchett Hits All the Right Notes". Archived from the original (interview) on February 4, 2006. Retrieved 14 September 2016. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)[verification needed]
  4. ^ a b c d e Dukes, Jessica; Patchett, Ann. "Meet the Writers: Ann Patchett". Archived from the original (biosketch and interview) on 8 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-02.
  5. ^ a b Hart, Jennifer; Patchett, Ann (September 24, 2008). "Book Club Girl Talks With Ann Patchett, Author of Run". Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Ann Patchett". Goodreads. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  7. ^ Maher, John (May 4, 2020). "Moser, Whitehead, McDaniel, Grandin, Boyer, Brown Win 2020 Pulitzers". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Anon. (September 14, 2016). "GoodReads: Ann Patchett [user submitted author biography]". Archived from the original on 26 August 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2016.[better source needed]
  9. ^ a b c Lundquist, Molly. "State of Wonder - Ann Patchett - Author Biography - LitLovers". Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  10. ^ Giles, Wanda H.; Bonner, J. H. (2009). Twenty-First-Century American Novelists: Second Series. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 350. Detroit: Gale Cengage Learning. ISBN 9780787681685 – via Literature Resource Center. Ann Patchett
  11. ^ a b Patchett, Ann (September 14, 2016). "About Ann" (autobiography). Retrieved 14 September 2016.[third-party source needed]
  12. ^ Patchett, Ann (December 2012). "The Bookstore Strikes Back". The Atlantic. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  13. ^ Alter, Alexandra (Mar 24, 2016). "Ann Patchett's Nashville Bookstore Hits the Road, With Dogs in Tow". Retrieved May 9, 2019 – via
  14. ^ Gilbert, Elizabeth (April 18, 2012). "The World's 100 Most Influential People, 2012: Ann Patchett, Writer". Time. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  15. ^ Patchett, Ann (2011). This is the story of a happy marriage. Harper. ISBN 9780062236678.
  16. ^ "Ann Patchett".
  17. ^ Gyllenhaal, Stephen (1998-04-05), The Patron Saint of Liars, retrieved 2016-11-11
  18. ^ "The Magician's Assistant". Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  19. ^ a b NBCC Staff (2001). "All Past National Book Critics Circle Award Winners and Finalists: 2001 Awards, Fiction Finalists". [National Book Critics Circle]. Archived from the original on 18 October 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  20. ^ Books, Used, New, and Out of Print Books - We Buy and Sell - Powell's. "Best American Short Stories 2006 by Patchett, Ann". Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  21. ^ "Orange prize shortlist 2012 - in pictures". the Guardian. 2012-04-17. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  22. ^ Patchett, Ann (September 8, 2017). "Ann Patchett Calls 'Commonwealth' Her 'Autobiographical First Novel'". Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  23. ^ Hilboldt Allport, Brandy (4 May 2019). "Read All About It: Patchett tries hand at children's book with 'Lambslide'". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  24. ^ "Ann Patchett Explains Why She Had to Totally Rewrite her New Novel 'The Dutch House' And Her Problem with Villains". Time. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  25. ^ Maher, John (May 4, 2020). "Moser, Whitehead, McDaniel, Grandin, Boyer, Brown Win 2020 Pulitzers". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  26. ^ Owens, Ann Marie Deer. "Vanderbilt Libraries host conversation with Moser and Patchett". Vanderbilt University. Retrieved 2019-09-29.
  27. ^ "Book Sense Book of the Year | Book awards | LibraryThing". Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  28. ^ Wellcome Collection Staff (2011). "All books A-Z: State of Wonder, By Ann PatchettS, Shortlist 2011". [Wellcome Collection's Wellcome Book Prize]. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  29. ^ Guggenheim Fndn. Staff (1995). "Fellows: Ann Patchett, 1995; Field of Study, Fiction". [John and Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation]. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  30. ^ Watts, Jr., James D. (March 30, 2014). "Ann Patchett is 2014 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award Recipient". Tulsa World. Retrieved 14 September 2016.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  31. ^ "Kenyon Review for Literary Achievement". Archived from the original on 2018-01-09. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  32. ^ "The Dutch House - Ann Patchett - Hardcover". HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher. Retrieved 2019-07-09.

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