Ann Patchett's Bookshelf
By Elizabeth McCracken
This is a love story, but not that kind of love story. It's a book about two comedians who come up together through vaudeville, make it big in the movies, and fizzle out on television. Through all the jokes, fame and failure, their relationship is as complicated and true as any marriage. The story is so funny and so tender I thought it should have been a huge bestseller. When you finish it, treat yourself to McCracken's first novel, The Giant's House.