Commonwealth by Ann Patchett is a story of two families that unfolds over the course of 50 years. At the center of the novel is a traumatic loss that profoundly affects each family member in a different way.
The novel opens on a summer day in the quiet Los Angeles suburb of Downey. LA cop Francis "Fix" Keating and his wife, Beverly, are hosting a christening party for their infant daughter, Franny. When Bert Cousins, Fix's acquaintance from the district attorney's office, shows up uninvited with a bottle of gin, the two men's lives become forever intertwined.
By the end of the party, everyone's a little drunk from the gin Bert brought. Fix asks Bert to find Franny, and Bert wanders around until he finds the baby in a bedroom with Beverly.
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