Taft

Taft

Paperback - 2011
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Best-selling novelist Ann Patchett's second, "strikingly original"* novel tells the moving story of John Nickel, an ex-jazz musician who wanted nothing more than to be a good father. When his lover takes away his son, he's left only with his Beale Street bar. He hires a young waitress named Fay Taft, who brings with her a desperate, dangerous brother, Carl, and the possibility of new intimacy. Nickel finds himself consumed with Fay and Carl's dead father-- Taft--obsessing over and reconstructing the life of a man he never met.

A stunning artistic achievement,

Taft confirms Ann Patchett's standing as one of the most gifted writers of her generation and reminds us of our deepest instincts to protect the people we love.

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Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, 2011.
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed.
ISBN: 9780547521893
0547521898
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 21 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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