The Patron Saint of Liars

The Patron Saint of Liars

by Ann Patchett
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The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett

"Beautifully written...Ann Patchett has produced a first novel that second- and third-time novelists would envy for its grace, insight, and compassion."


St. Elizabeth's is a home for unwed mothers in the 1960s. Life there is not unpleasant and for most, it is temporary. Not so for Rose, a beautiful mysterious woman who comes to the lovely ex-hotel pregnant, but not unwed. She plans to give her baby up because she knows she cannot be the mother it needs. But St. Elizabeth's is near a healing spring, and when Rose's time draws near, she cannot go through with her plans, not all of them. And she cannot remain forever untouched by what she has left behind and who she has become in the leaving....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060540753
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/27/2003
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and three books of nonfiction. She has won many prizes, including Britain's Orange Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books.


Nashville, Tennessee

Date of Birth:

December 2, 1963

Place of Birth:

Los Angeles, California


B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1985; M.F.A., University of Iowa, 1987

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am fast becoming a fan of Ann Patchett! This novel has wonderful characters that draw you quickly into their lives. I also have read The Magician's Assistant, Truth and Beauty, and Run by this author and liked them all very much as well. If you are a fan of Jodi Picoult or Anita Shreve novels, you will like this book as it reminded me much of their works. I especially liked reading the editorial afterword by Patchett "The Movie of the Week Ate My Novel." It was funny and gave great insight about how much gets changed from the vision an author has about their books and their characters when they get made into movies. I am looking forward to reading the other novels written by this author, including Bel Canto and Taft.
CitygirlAG More than 1 year ago
This is my first Ann Patchett book. I picked it up because the title was intriging. I could not put the book down.....I enjoyed how Ms. Patchett told the story from the three main characters point of view. One thing though....the ending was very disappointing....It left me wanting about 20 more pages. I'll probably read another one of her books and see if the ending is disappointing as well.....
LovetoreadinFlorida More than 1 year ago
You can't help it, you will fall in love with each and every character that makes up this beautifully written story. The end will come too soon, you will want to know more, but this is the magic of Ann Patchett, you always end up wanting to know more about the characters, because they become your friends, your family. That's how real they are. Savour this little wonder of a book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's true ... I couldn't put it down! Your journey with Rose through her dreams, desires, despair, and finally her strength of character, consume your emotions. Then the author juxtaposes the narrator, and you see the events in a fresh light, with a whole new heart! The end is masterfully wrought, and will wrench from you a cry for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicely woven story, one where you wish everybody a nice ending but that's not the endings planned, as all of the writings of this author the end is a twist that leaves you wanting more even after the books is finished. Is it the characters? The story? Both. Well written once you get the cadence of the author. Enjoyed it very much, like all of her books actually.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great writing. I could not relate to Rose hurting her mother and Thomas and then Cecelia and Son. I guess that is one reason this is a well written book. The author makes you feel emotion al attachment. I hated to see this book end. She leaves the reader with her /his own idea as to what will happen next! Wonderful book!!
shanbritts More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, major page turner!!!!!!
OntheRocks More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. My first of Ann Patchett. I am currently reading her book "Run." There are so many people like the character Rose. I have personally never experienced the death of a parent at a young age, but the effects must be dramatic and long lasting. Fathers and daughters relationships are vital. Rose grows up without a father and it is hard for her to make any commitments. She is searching in all the wrong places.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann Patchett is one of my favorite authors, and this is my favorite book of hers. The pregnant home for girls setting was fascinating, as was the plot.
The_Book_Wheel_Blog More than 1 year ago
What a great book! It’s about a woman who runs off to a home for unwedded pregnant girls and ends up staying and raising her daughter there. The book is broken down into thirds with each section being told by a different narrator. The characters were all so loveable even if you didn’t particularly like or understand them. When I first started reading the book, I was intrigued but found it a little slow. Luckily, my sister had recommended it and told me to keep reading, and I’m glad I did! The past few books I have read have all lacked in some way, whether it be poor character development or failing to wrap up loose ends. This book was different. Although there were a few loose ends that could have been tied up a bit better, the fact that they were left the way they were only adds to the story itself. This was my second book by Anne Patchett (the other being State of Wonder) and they are so completely different. While the other book was also really great, this is one you want to curl up with on a windy and cloudy day (like today!).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made me think about the roles we play and look outside my views. Hadn't thought about these situations.
grlgiraffe More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting story about people who get used to living in a certain way, having the daily habits over and over again. With the backdrop of a place for pregnant women to go through their pregnancies without the knowledge of their families. The story goes on to reveal secrets of a main character and shows how our lives are a continuous circle, even for the people involved in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very captivating and I couldn't put it down. I felt that the characters where very real and you could feel the emotions. Enjoy Ann Patchett very much!
comet65 More than 1 year ago
My second book by Ann Patchett and my favorite thus far. It was difficult to put down and ended all too soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not sure how I am just now finding this book? It's excellent.
MsKiz More than 1 year ago
Ann Patchett is one of my favorite authors. This book did not disappoint. Ms Patchett writes about people you come to care about. I highly recommend it.
anonomas More than 1 year ago
This book is interesting. It tells a story from a different side.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, as are all of Ms. Patchett's wondrous books. A gifted writer whose novels are luminous and magical.
butterflyBU More than 1 year ago
It held my interest through out. I enjoyed the characters and theme. However, I think it is left open for a second in the series. Worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really found myself disgusted with the main character, Rose after awhile. She was so selfish. The story is well written, although I became somewhat bored during Rose's cross country trip. I just found it a very odd book.
bunsmomtl More than 1 year ago
Would have liked a little more closure with Rose
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything she writes is magical.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
bittersweet story where you really feel for all the characters in the story. patchett has a way of making them come alive
bookluvrFC More than 1 year ago
Rose deserts her husband and, pregnant, enters a home for unwed mothers. The novel follows her time there, her daughter Cecilia's birth and growing years, and has subplots to round things out. It is a human drama and gives plenty to think about. I enjoyed reading it and although the plot may be unusual, I felt deep compassion for the characters, who have depth and psychologically ring true.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the next book by Ann Patchett.