“I’ve had readers say to me, this book has really helped me to think about the grudges and the angers I have from my own childhood and how I have lugged them through my life. And that sort of both surprised me and pleased me… Here are the damages of holding onto the hurts of your childhood. ” Author Ann Patchett discusses her book The Dutch House with Mary Laura Philpott on NPT’s A Word on Words.

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About Ann Patchett

A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Patchett has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. In November, 2011, she opened Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, with her business partner Karen Hayes. She has since become a spokesperson for independent booksellers, championing books and bookstores. Along with James Patterson, she was the honorary chair of World Book Night. In 2012 she was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Ann Patchett lives in Nashville with her husband, Karl VanDevender, and their dog, Sparky.

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