Taft

Taft

Book - 2003
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Families are not simply made up of blood relations; this Ann Patchett understands better than most. John Nickel used to be a jazz drummer, but now runs a bar in Memphis, Tennessee; the mother of his son has taken the boy away, to unimaginable Florida; Nickel is left to find family where he can. What he finds are the Tafts: Fay and Carl, sister and brother, adrift in Memphis after the death of their father, the Taft of the title. Nickel gives Fay a job as a waitress; twice her age, black when she is white, he is torn by the nature of his feelings for her, drifting uneasily as they do between fatherly and sensual.
Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2003, c1994
Edition: 1st Perennial ed
ISBN: 9780060540760
0060540761
Characteristics: 246 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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