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Taft von Ann Patchett
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Taft (1999. Auflage)

von Ann Patchett (Autor)

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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"--P. [4] of cover.… (mehr)
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Titel:Taft
Autoren:Ann Patchett (Autor)
Info:Ballantine Books (1999), Edition: 1st Ballantine Books trade paperback ed, 272 pages
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Ann Patchett is one of my favorite writers. This is an early book by her and admittedly it is not up to the same level as her later works. That being said it is an interesting story that takes place in Memphis. It involves race relations but is more about people being pulled in different directions while trying to figure out how to conduct their lives. It is a good story about the South and the pull of family that takes us into the less than positive directions when it comes to our personal decisions. A worthwhile introduction to Patchett but if you are short on time then skip to her later stronger works. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Oct 23, 2021 |
John Nickel, the manager of a restaurant in Memphis, hires a new waitress, Fay Taft. Her brother Carl seems to be part of the deal but they bring complications in their wake.

There were times when I wondered where Ann Patchett was going with this and why I should be interested in any of this. I was confused in the parts involving Fay and Carl's late father, unsure whether this was what happened or whether this was what Nickel imagined their life before coming to Memphis was like. I still hadn't reached any conclusion by the end of the book, but it did feel much more cohesive and I wanted to know what happened next to Nickel, his son, the Woodmore sisters, and Fay. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Jul 16, 2021 |
Reading the negative reviews lowered my expectations. But as I got into this short book I still had hope. Ann Patchett put together some interesting characters in relationships that it was easy to relate to. The focus was on the Black man who started out as a drummer in Memphis only to fall for a woman who wanted more and demanded he get a real job which eventually lead to him managing a bar. He gets her pregnant but does not give her the support she needed. She holds him at bay while he feels more and more about the son he misses. And then there's the young white girl with the problematic brother and the dead father. Patchett creates believable characters who get into the problems you can see coming. But the end of the book is where it all falls apart. Patchett decides to leave everything unresolved so it builds to a hot mess and then just leaves us wondering what happened next. If that's enough for you you'll like this book. But if you want the author to finish what they started this is a skippable book. To make matters worse if you're like me and get squeamish when you're dragged through descriptions of surgery this book is not for you. Now I understand the reviews. ( )
  Ed_Schneider | Jun 10, 2021 |
I love Ann Patchett and everything she writes. This story wasn't my favourite but it kept me reading. There was a parallel between Taft's and the narrator's lives, I'm just not totally sure how that parallel came about, maybe I missed something. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
Carl and Fay were the brother and sister in the fairy stories, the pretty white babies holding hands in the forest. Everything in the world was waiting to eat them up. This was not the job I was meant for, looking after other people’s children…

Black musician/bar manager John Nickel has grown more responsible in the years since he disrespected his pregnant girlfriend to the point that she omitted him from his son’s birth certificate. But is he up for the problems presented by a couple of teen siblings who are without their own father?

In an essay at the end, Patchett laments “the curse of the second novel” (in her case, Taft), and admits that it might be her favorite despite its “failure to thrive” in the marketplace. It’s one of my favorites by her, too. ( )
  DetailMuse | Dec 13, 2020 |
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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"--P. [4] of cover.

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