I finished Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth today, which came out earlier this year. It follows the story of two intertwined families through first and second marriages and the band of six children. The book jumps from the past to the present and in-between. The story primarily follows Franny, one of the children, from her christening party as a baby, which sets off the entire series of events, to her love affair with an older author, to her care of her ailing father.
I found myself thinking a lot about this family and ultimately, how thankful I am that my own family is relatively normal. There were many instances of pain in the family, through multiple divorces and most tragically, the death of one of the children. The book is an impressive character study of this family and I was glad to go on the journey with them.