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Taft: A Novel (P.S.)
by Ann Patchett

Published: 2007-09-01
Paperback : 246 pages
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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 ...

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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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  "Another great read by Ann Patchett!"by jendicus (see profile) 07/21/08

Great read by Ann Patchett. I did not understand the ending however, as the story seems to go back and forth between two different scenes. I enjoyed the story, just wished I understood the ending better!... (read more)

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