Review by Norma: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

CommonwealthCommonwealth by Ann Patchett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Listened from March 19 to 26, 2017

Dysfunctional family drama * Dysfunctional formatting * Dysfunctional review

COMMONWEALTH by ANN PATCHETT is a literary fiction novel to cherish for its many different interwoven and blended stories of love, destiny, loyalty, loss, secrets, disappointments, betrayal, and mistakes creating a family bonded together by a common understanding of each other.

ANN PATCHETT delivers an interesting, complicated, and well-written read here but I did find it to be somewhat challenging at times to keep up with all the characters, the different timelines, and their points of view as each chapter would jump around from place and time so you had to really pay close attention.  It definitely made it an unusual and enjoyable read though.

There were a few scenes in this novel that I found extremely enjoyable and others where I cringed but what I actually really liked for the most part was that we got a good sense into how time changes and affects the lives of these characters.  How their lives evolved with the help and support from the people in their lives.

To sum it all up it was an entertaining, unusual, insightful, and a steady-paced read with a satisfying ending.  I found that the audiobook had an excellent narrator for another enjoyable listen!  Would recommend!!