Details for 'Tom Lake' by Ann Patchett

Tom Lake

by Ann Patchett
A story of mothers and daughters, fame and ambition, destiny and choice.
Tom Lake
by Ann Patchett
My review:

I'm a bit of a fan of Ann Patchett - her novels, essays and her bookshop in the US (one day perhaps I'll visit!). So I was pleased to find that this new book had been released - and with the most beautiful cover!

It's set in the pandemic when three adult daughters have returned to the family farm and are urging their mother to tell them about her early life.

Lara Nelson once dated the famous actor Peter Duke. This information slipped out when the family were watching one of his films together and the girls were told this fact by their father, Joe.

The sisters are home to help pick cherries on the farm and in the slow months of lockdown, they pester Lara, their mother, for details of this early romance. 

In daily instalments, Lara shares her story and in so doing explores the themes of fame, ambition, talent, lost love, destiny and choice.  

It's a gentle read, which, as the cover suggests, should be enjoyed luxuriating in a summer sun!

Date of my review September 2023
Book publication date: 1st August 2023