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Awards

A New York Times Notable Book.

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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....

Review:

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

Review:

"A moving emblem of fatherhood's rarely explored passion." Los Angeles Times

Review:

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

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

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...

About the Author

Ann Patchett is the author of three previous novels, The Patron Saint of Liars, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Taft, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize; and The Magician's Assistant, which earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1994. She is also a recipient of the Nashville Banner Tennessee Writer of the Year Award. Patchett has written for many publications, including New York Times Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Village Voice, GQ, Elle, Gourmet, and Vogue.

Patchett attended Sarah Lawrence College, where she took writing classes with Alan Gurganus, Russell Banks, and Grace Paley. While an undergraduate, she sold her first story to the Paris Review. Patchett then went on to attend the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, and in 1990, she won a residential fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Here she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars, which was awarded a James A. Michner/Copernicus Award for a book in progress. The Patron Saint of Liars was adapted into a TV movie for CBS in 1997, and Patchett wrote the screenplay for Taft, which has been optioned by Morgan Freeman for a feature film.

Patchett lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060540760
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Patchett, Ann
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Musical fiction.
Subject:
Memphis
Subject:
African American musicians
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Number:
1st Perennial ed.
Edition Description:
Perennial
Series Volume:
no. 130
Publication Date:
20030301
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.16x5.26x.62 in. .42 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060540760 Reviews:
"Review" by , "As resonant as a blues song....Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett's fiction."
"Review" by , "A moving emblem of fatherhood's rarely explored passion."
"Review" by , "Absorbing....Strikingly original."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , 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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