Melanie White

Private Lives

Commonwealth

By Ann Patchett

Bloomsbury 322pp £18.99 order from our bookshop

Storytelling is fundamental to human life, enabling us to connect, enlighten and entertain. Our narratives repeatedly churn up familiar ground yet change in myriad small ways, depending on the speaker; they are a continually evolving, circular enterprise. So too is Commonwealth, the seventh novel by Ann Patchett.

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