“Patchett brings humanity, humor, and a disarming affection to lovable, struggling characters. . . . Irresistible.”
—Library Journal


“Exquisite. . . . The questions Commonwealth raises are ultimately counterfactual, philosophical: Who might we be if our parents hadn’t made catastrophic choices, and we hadn’t responded catastrophically to them? Maybe better-adjusted people with easier days and nights. But maybe the poorer for it. . . . Commonwealth is impossible to put down.”
—New York Times


“It’s hard to imagine better execution than Patchett’s. . . . None of the 322 pages lacks a prize-worthy revelation in Patchett’s vibrant prose—about parents and siblings and what it means to grow up and let go.”


“(A) rich and engrossing new novel . . . Patchett’s observations about people and life are insightful; and her underlying tone is one of compassion and amusement. Ann Patchett is a novelist who knows what she’s doing, and to read her is to feel that you’re in good hands.”
—New York Times Book Review


“Indeed, this is Patchett’s most autobiographical novel, a sharply funny, chilling, entrancing, and profoundly affecting look into one family’s ‘commonwealth,’ its shared affinities, conflicts, loss, and love.”


“A funny, sad, and ultimately heart-wrenching family portrait. . . .Patchett elegantly manages a varied cast of characters. . . .[Patchett is] at her peak in humor, humanity, and understanding people in challenging situations.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)


“The prose is lean and inviting. . . . A satisfying meat-and-potatoes domestic novel from one of our finest writers.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


“Wonderfully executed.”
—Marie Claire


Commonwealth is a smart, thoughtful novel about the ties that bind us.”


Commonwealth is an all-American family saga, but [Patchett's] touching and even-handed approach to themes such as family politics,  love,  the role of literature, and the acidic nature of lies is buoyed by a generous sprinkling of matter-of-fact humor.”


Commonwealth bursts with keen insights into faithfulness, memory, and mortality. . . . [An] ambitious American epic.”
—Atlanta Journal-Constitution


“Patchett’s storytelling has never seemed more effortlessly graceful. This is minimalism that magically speaks volumes.”
—Washington Post


Commonwealth represents yet another victory for Patchett. Readers will fly through it, not because it is short or lacks substance, but because the tale is so rich and the plot is so wildly addicting, readers won’t be able to put it down until they’ve turned the final page.”
—Hampton Sheet


“The genius of the way Patchett approached Commonwealth is that it’s constructed like a puzzle. . . . Maybe it’s another case of the tried-and- true adage: ‘Write what you know.’ Because this book? It’s pure gangbusters.”
—San Francisco Chronicle


“[A] moving, beautifully crafted novel.”
—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Commonwealth is a sly book about storytelling, a story about a single incident—really two pivotal incidents—spun out over the length of a narrative constructed like a conversation but encompassing decades.”
—Kansas City Star


“A splendid new novel. . . . Just try to stop reading. And you won’t want to. Patchett is in stellar form.”
—USA Today


“The emotional intelligence of Patchett’s storytelling here feels warmer and richer and more resonant than anything she’s done before. Rating: A.”
—Entertainment Weekly


“Close observation, deadpan humor. . . . Chekhov regularly invoked.”
—Wall Street Journal


“Patchett gives us funny, flawed characters, and the rich reward of Commonwealth is seeing their lives unfold.”
—Houston Chronicle


“A wry, compassionate tale.”
—Christian Science Monitor


“To create a story with ten protagonists that spans fifty years—and at least five settings spread across the globe—is a balancing act that requires immense narrative skill, and Patchett never falters.”
—Knoxville News-Sentinel


“Reading Commonwealth is a transporting experience. . . . It feels like Patchett’s most intimate novel and is without doubt one of her best.”
—Los Angeles Times


“Wonderful. . . . Patchett is a master storyteller.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine


“Spinning ordinary lives into literary gold.”
—Seattle Times


“[A] memorable, modern novel.”


“Ann Patchett’s gifts are more clear than ever in Commonwealth.”
—Dallas Morning News


“Patchett’s slyly knowing voice—full of wit and warmth—elevates every page of this novel—one that, through the alchemy of her writing, somehow feels more than the sum of its parts.”