Fiction Ann Patchett Taft

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Taft

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John Nickel is a black ex-jazz musician who only wants to be a good father. But when his son is taken away from him, he's left with nothing but the Memphis bar he manages. Then he hires Fay, a young white waitress, who has a volatile brother named Carl in tow. Nickel finds himself consumed with the idea of Taft—Fay and Carl's dead father—and begins to reconstruct the life of a man he never met. But his sympathies for these lost souls soon take him down a twisting path into the lives of strangers.

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"As resonant as a blues song . . . Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett's fiction."
--The New York Times Book Review

"A MOVING EMBLEM OF FATHERHOOD'S RARELY EXPLORED PASSION."
--Los Angeles Times

"Patchett writes with remarkable conviction and attention to telling detail... [She] is excellent at portraying the steady love and interest that holds the family members together, even though that love and interest isn't always successful in preserving the members from danger."
--Jane Smiley

"Absorbing . . . Strikingly original."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Taft is a moving, dangerous book about love and despair and hope. Ann Patchett gives us fantastic yet believable characters that will stay alive long after the last page is turned. She is a wonderful, intelligent writer."
--James Welch

"In her picture of Nickel, Patchett combines a rare sensitivity to issues of race with the unswerving knowledge that deeper than skin color is the essential soul of a good man who wants to repair the damage he has done."
--The New Orleans Times-Picayune

"Compassionate and deeply moving."
--Booklist

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"A New York Times" Notable Book A moving emblem of fatherhood s rarely explored passion. "Los Angeles"" Times" Absorbing . . . Strikingly original. "Kirkus Reviews"John Nickel, an ex jazz musician, wanted nothing more than to be a good father, but when his son is taken away Nickel is left only with his Beale Street bar. He hires a young waitress named Fay Taft, who brings with her a desperate, dangerous brother, Carl. Nickel finds himself consumed with Fay and Carl s dead father Taft obsessing over and reconstructing the life of a man he never met. But his fascination for Taft and his sympathy for these lost, young strangers soon take him down a twisting, darkening path. A stunning artistic achievement, Taft confirms Ann Patchett s standing as one of our most gifted writers and reminds us of our deepest instincts to protect the people we love. A stunning artistic achievement, "Taft" confirms Ann Patchett s standing as one of our most gifted writers and reminds us of our deepest instincts to protect the people we love. Patchett writes with remarkable conviction and attention to telling details. Jane Smiley in "Mirabella"ANN PATCHETT is the author of six novels, including "Bel Canto"," " winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize. She has written for the "Atlantic"," Gourmet, " the "New York Times Magazine, Vogue, " the "Washington Post"," " and others."

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