Commonwealth Summary
Ann Patchett

Everything you need to understand or teach Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.

  • Commonwealth Summary & Study Guide
  • 30 Commonwealth Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
  • Pre-Made Tests and Quizzes
  • ...and more

Commonwealth Overview

Ann Patchett’s novel Commonwealth chronicles the interwoven histories of the Keating and Cousins family following a chance encounter between Beverly Keating and Albert Cousins. This event leads to the dissolution of both their marriages and subsequent upheaval in the lives of all six children and four adults. Years later, Franny Keating tells her family her story to the novelist Leon Posen, who, in turn, makes her family story the focus of his masterpiece novel, Commonwealth. Patchett follows the Keating and Cousins families through several decades in a non-linear narrative to explore the nature of memory, family relationships, love, loyalty, and the ownership of stories.

Lesson Plan

Commonwealth Lesson Plans contain 105 pages of teaching material, including: