Ann Patchett
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The bestselling and prize-winning author Ann Patchett was born in 1963 in Los Angeles, California, and brought up in Nashville, Tennessee, where she still lives. She is the daughter of the novelist Jeanne Ray, who published her first novel, Julie and Romeo,  when she was 60.

Patchett has written six novels: The Patron Saint of Liars (1992), Taft (1994), The Magician’s Assistant (1997), Bel Canto (2001), Run (2007) and State of Wonder (2011). Taft  was the winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, while Bel Canto won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize and the BookSense Book of the Year. The Patron Saint of Liars was made into a film.

In an interview discussing her novels, Patchett noted that Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain has significantly influenced her work, and that all her novels deal in some sense with ‘a group of strangers thrown together’.

She has also written two works of non-fiction: Truth and Beauty (2004) and What Now? (2008) She has contributed to a range of publications including Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Magazine and the New York Times, and is editor of the anthology The Best American Short Stories (2006).