This book is a great read! Tom Lake’s story looks like a story within a story, where a mother shares a part of her life with her grown-up kids. The book has many pleasant surprises and captures the rich ups and downs of life. (4.6/5)
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Tom Lake Book Synopsis:
In this beautiful and moving novel about family, love, and growing up, Ann Patchett once again proves herself one of America’s finest writers.
In the spring of 2020, Lara’s three daughters return to the family’s orchard in Northern Michigan. While picking cherries, they beg their mother to tell them the story of Peter Duke, a famous actor with whom she shared both a stage and a romance years before at a theater company called Tom Lake. As Lara recalls the past, her daughters examine their own lives and relationship with their mother and are forced to reconsider the world and everything they thought they knew.
Tom Lake is a meditation on youthful love, married love, and the lives parents have led before their children were born. Both hopeful and elegiac, it explores what it means to be happy even when the world is falling apart. As in all of her novels, Ann Patchett combines compelling narrative artistry with piercing insights into family dynamics. The result is a rich and luminous story, told with profound intelligence and emotional subtlety, that demonstrates once again why she is one of the most revered and acclaimed literary talents working today.
Book Quotes That We Like:
“We clump together in our sorrow. In joy we may wander off in our separate directions, but in sorrow we prefer to hold hands.”
“It’s about falling so wildly in love with him—the way one will at twenty-four—that it felt like jumping off a roof at midnight. There was no way to foresee the mess it would come to in the end, nor did it occur to me to care.”
“Good marriages are never as interesting as bad affairs.”
“The stories that are familiar will always be our favorites.”
“There is no explaining this simple truth about life: you will forget much of it.”
“we remember the people we hurt so much more clearly than the people who hurt us.”
“Work for the good of the collective, root for the team, get over yourself.”
“It is sentimental and useless to tell someone you would gladly give them your past because the past is nontransferable, and anyway, I would have wanted to give her only the good days.”Ann Patchett, Tom Lake
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