These Precious Days: Essays

Harper: HarperCollins. Nov. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9780063092785. $26.99. LIT
Like her novels and her previous essay collection This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, Patchett’s latest work of nonfiction possesses a careful dignity always on the edge of cracking open. In essays such as “How Knitting Saved My Life” she shows readers how repetitive, meditative practices like knitting have helped her literally and figuratively find healing patterns, and she offers glittery shards of optimism among broken ruins of lives and loves, perfectly arranged and carefully rendered. Let these essays unfold in their perfect arrangement of emotions, presented in taut and unflinching yet lovely prose that begs to be felt to the bone. Readers will be glad her essays, as she says in the introduction, won’t die and that Patchett offers glittery splinters of hope that they too can persevere.
VERDICT For the author’s many fans and anyone who loves beautiful writing.
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