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A death in the family inspires two works of art

In Patchett’s new book, an avoidable tragedy changes the fates of two families

RADHIKA JONES

THE PARTY SCENE THAT OPENS Ann Patchett’s new novel unspools like a home movie. A lawyer from the L.A. district attorney’s office, Albert Cousins, crashes the christening celebration of baby Frances, second daughter of L.A.

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