â€śThe journey from the head to the hand is perilous and lined with bodies. It is the road on which nearly everyone who wants to writeâ€”and many of the people who do writeâ€”get lost.â€ť
So writes Ann Patchett in "The Getaway Car", a wry, wisdom-packed memoir of her life as a writer. Here, for the first time, one of Americaâ€™s most celebrated authors ("State of Wonder", "Bel Canto", "Truth and Beauty"), talks at length about her literary careerâ€”the highs and the lowsâ€”and shares advice on the craft and art of writing. In this fascinating look at the development of a novelist, we meet Patchettâ€™s mentors (Allan Gurganas, Grace Paley, Russell Banks), see where she made wrong turns (poetry), and learn how she gets the pages written (an unromantic process of pure hard work). Woven through engaging anecdotes from Patchettâ€™s life are lessons about writing that offer an inside peek into the storytelling process and provide a blueprint for anyone wanting to give writing a serious try. The bestselling author gives pointers on everything from finding ideas to constructing a plot to combating writerâ€™s block. More than that, she conveys the joys and rewards of a life spent reading and writing.