Chapter one of “Truth & Beauty,” was an enjoyable read that held a story unlike any other I have read before. For starters, I admire the authors description of Lucy appearance and even the friendship they had. I was able to create an image in my head as well as ask myself “What is a true friendship?” For me, this story tackles the idea of what a true friendship may be. In the beginning, Lucy and the author never had successful interactions with each other before the move to Iowa. Given that, I did find it a bit strange that once they moved in together, Lucy’s actions made it appear as if they have been friends for years. If I was Ann Patchett, I would not have embraced Lucy’s sudden love for me as much as the author did. Questions that ran through my mind after reading chapter one is, was there an unspoken friendship between the two all along? Maybe the fact that Patchett did not really give Lucy as much direct attention compared to other students, was something that Lucy liked. Even though the two never spoke before becoming roommates, Patchett felt comfortable enough to live with Lucy and honored to interact with her. Yet, I am still unsure as to why.
Professor: Jessica Penner
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