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This is the first Ann Patchett novel I've read, and it became one of those books I tried to read very slowly because I didn't want it to end. She is a beautiful writer - on more than one occasion I read a passage or paragraph or page and then put the book down, taken aback by the exquisiteness of what she had written. The characters and setting are described so fully that I felt as though I was there with them. A wonderful book to be savored.