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Truth & Beauty

272 pages, 2004

biographies & memoirs

biographies & memoirs

997 books

Ann Patchett and the late Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, both attending the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop. They developed a friendship that would be as important to both of their lives as their work after enrolling. Grealy wrote about losing part of her jaw to childhood cancer and years of chemotherapy and radiation treatment in her highly praised and immensely profitable memoir, Autobiography of a Face. 

The tale in Truth & Beauty isn't about Lucy's or Ann's lives, but rather the parts of their lives they lived together. This is a depiction of unshakable dedication that spans two decades, from the Midwest's long, bitter winters through surgical wards and New York book parties.

The Power of Friendship

In Truth & Beauty, Ann Patchett explores the deep bond between two women. Their friendship is a testament to the power of human connection. It's a reminder that friendships can be as strong and as life-changing as any romantic relationship. So, take a look at your own friendships and see if there's more you can do to nurture them.

The Struggle with Addiction

Patchett doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of addiction. She shows us how it can consume a person's life and affect those around them. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, this book might provide some insight into what they're going through.

The Pursuit of Beauty

The book also delves into the pursuit of beauty, both physical and artistic. It's a reminder that beauty can be found in unexpected places and that it's often subjective. So, why not take a moment to find beauty in your own life?

The Importance of Resilience

Throughout the book, the characters face numerous challenges and setbacks. But they keep going, demonstrating the importance of resilience. If you're going through a tough time, this book might inspire you to keep pushing forward.

The Complexity of Human Emotions

Truth & Beauty is a deep dive into the complexity of human emotions. It shows us that it's okay to feel a range of emotions and that they're all part of the human experience. So, don't be afraid to explore your own emotions and see what you discover.


Diana Kimball Berlin

Diana Kimball Berlin


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