Taft

Taft

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
John Nickel, an African-American blues musician managing a Memphis bar, hires a white brother and sister, even though he knows they mean trouble, as he pines to be reunited with his son

Blackwell North Amer
Taft is the story of John Nickel, a black ex-musician who wanted nothing more than to be a good father. But his son is taken away from him and he is left with nothing but the Memphis bar he manages. When he hires a young white waitress named Fay Taft, he doesn't know that he is taking on her desperate brother, Carl, as well. Nickel's sympathies for these two quickly become a dangerous path into the lives of strangers.
As the ominous events of the story unfold, Nickel is consumed with the idea of Taft, Fay and Carl's dead father. Through imagination, he begins to reconstruct the life of a man he never met. Through Taft, he begins to define the priorities of his own life.
The voice of John Nickel is a stunning artistic achievement. The story it tells is universal in its appeal to our instincts to protect the people we love. Taft confirms Ann Patchett's standing as one of the most gifted writers of her generation.

Baker
& Taylor

John Nickel, an African-American blues musician managing a Memphis bar, hires a white brother and sister, even though he knows they mean trouble, as he pines to be reunited with his son. By the author of The Patron Saint of Liars. National ad/promo. Tour.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1994
ISBN: 9780395694619
0395694612
Characteristics: 305 p. ; 22 cm

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OllPuff9
Jan 23, 2018

Meh. GIGANTIC let-down after reading Commonwealth, and then The Patron Saint of Liars. Didn't much care for the characters and wanted to slap the narrator upside the head for being so stupid. And slap the girl (Fay? Faith?) for her absolute audacity.

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Bmakousky
Nov 13, 2016

Disappointing. Have liked other AP books very much but this one just seemed flat. The characters weren't interesting and they just drifted through the story.

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wsbooklover
Jul 31, 2012

How does Ann Patchett do it? She creates characters that you keep thinking about after you close the book wondering about the unspoken dynamics that tied their lives together before they even met.

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carol554
Nov 11, 2011

This novel makes compulsve reading - very suspenseful. Quite an "easy read" for a Patchett novel

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