In this dissection of a family, award winning author Ann Patchett follows fifty years of life in the Cousins and Keating households. From the first glimpses of unraveling marriages, to the aftereffects of divorce, to children now grown with families of their own, Commonwealth examines the effects of time and the ties of family.
This story taught me that repentance is not an obligation but a gift. It’s God’s invitation to drop the burden from our backs as we “work out our salvation” by putting one foot in front of the other (in this case, literally) towards God and away from our brokenness. Repentance is how we heal.
In the wake of her father’s abandonment, Raymie experiences the the gift of friendship.