Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
A Deep Exploration about Love and Life.
Tom Lake is a novel by Ann Patchett that explores love in its many forms. The story follows Lara, a woman who, in her early twenties, fell in love with a fellow actor named Peter Duke while working at a summer stock theater called Tom Lake. The novel dives in the themes of youthful love, married love, and the lives parents have led before their children were born.
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Years later, Lara is married with three daughters, and her life is very different from the one she imagined for herself. When her daughters ask her about her time at Tom Lake, she is forced to confront the choices she made and the paths she could have taken.
“Tom Lake is a must-read for everyone who enjoys literary fiction and wants to learn more about the complexities of human connection, as well as for anyone who has ever questioned the decisions they have made in their own life.”
The Book Guide® Editor
Patchett’s novel is beautifully written and explores the complexities of love, family, and regret. Her prose is lyrical and evocative, and she brings the characters to life with her keen insights into human nature. The novel is both hopeful and elegiac, and it ultimately explores the question of what it means to be happy, even when the world is falling apart.
Tom Lake (2023) by Ann PatchettTom Lake (2023) by Ann Patchett
by The Book Guide® Editor4.8/5 Excellent