Ann Patchett’s collection of essays, “This is the Story of a Happy Marriage” (2014), records much of her life, starting with early childhood.
The previously-published essays cover a variety of topics, including writing, family, friends, dogs and husbands. Patchett weaves poetic prose and humor into her essays to create stories that keep the reader emotionally engaged.
This choice was a different one for Alegria’s “Words to Devour” book club; we usually read novel-length work. Many members of the group weren’t sure what to expect, and the change of pace was reflected in individual ratings ranging from 2 to 5 out of 5.