Tom Lake, by Ann Patchett (Bloomsbury 2023)

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An elegant and beautifully framed chronicle of a marriage, and what went before, Tom Lake is exactly what we have come to expect from Ann Patchett. Careful and compellingly written, lots of surprising revelations, and good humoured revelations of human motivations, it's ultimately about what it takes to be happy and content. Powerful, effortlessly profound, and remarkably satisfying. If only all novels could be this good!