Ann Patchett | 'Can you remember things the way they actually happened?'

Ann Patchett | 'Can you remember things the way they actually happened?'

Ann Patchett was talking to Zadie Smith when the inspiration for her new novel, The Dutch House, struck. Back in November 2016, the two bestselling novelists met for the first time, on stage at a theatre in Nashville, Tennessee. Patchett, who had recently published her seventh novel Commonwealth, was interviewing Smith about her novel Swing Time. The pair were in front of a sell-out audience of around 800 people, many of whom had driven for up to 12 hours to be there.

Speaking over the phone from her home in Nashville, Patchett recalls asking Smith, who she had long admired, about the cent...

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