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For the most part wisdom comes in chips rather than blocks. You have to be willing to gather them constantly, and from sources you never imagined to be probable. No one chip gives you the answer for everything. No one chip stays in the same place throughout your entire life. The secret is to keep adding voices, adding ideas, and moving things around as you put together your life. If you’re lucky, putting together your life is a process that will last through every single day you’re alive.

Ann Patchett

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Bernard Academy a private non-parochial Catholic school for girls run by the Sisters of Mercy. Awards and honors
Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize (Taft)
PEN/Faulkner Award (Bel Canto)
Orange Prize (Bel Canto)
BookSense Book of the Year (Bel Canto)
National Book Critics Circle Award finalist (Bel Canto)
2011: Wellcome Trust Book Prize shortlist (State of Wonder)


The Patron Saint of Liars (1992)
Taft (1994)
The Magician's Assistant (1997)
Bel Canto (2001)
Run (2007)
State of Wonder (2011)

Truth & Beauty: A Friendship (2004)
What now? (2008)
The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life (2011). Her third novel The Magician’s Assistant was released in 1997.

She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and received the Nashville Banner Tennessee Writer of the Year Award in 1994. She received the Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2002 for her novel Bel Canto.

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