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- Print Length: 290 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (March 30, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 11, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004H1UEM2
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--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."
"The Patron Saint of Liars is a remarkable novel; Taft is even better. Comparisons are tempting: to the unabashed romanticism of Laurie Colwin, the eccentric characters of Anne Tyler, the enchantments of Alice Hoffman. But Ann Patchett is unique: a generous, fearless, and startlingly wise young writer."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Absorbing . . . Strikingly original."
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And we’re done. It was great, classic Patchett. The story traces the intersection of people at a bar in Memphis. There is the manager, John Nickel, who is a competent, hard-working, put upon man. He’s the father of a son who has moved to Miami and a drummer who gave up his art to become a father. He hires Fay, a young girl with daddy issues and a drug-dealing brother, Carl. Fay falls for John and tensions ensue. The mother of John’s child is moving back into town. Her sister sleeps with John. John’s son is anxious to be with his father. Carl turns violent when John interrupts his drug dealing. John is drawn to Fay even though he knows the relationship is fraught with difficulties. All the while the reader is taken through flashbacks to the life and death of Fay and Carl’s father, Taft. It explains some of the emotions and motivations for their actions in Memphis while showing a different life that was distorted by Taft’s death. The novel is intricate but easy to read. The characters are honest and real and the story moves quickly toward an exciting, if somewhat unresolved, climax. Patchett’s writing is less lyrical than some of her works, but there is still poetry in her descriptions and truth in her characters. A worthwhile journey into the complicated emotions in the depths of our hearts.
I love Ann Patchett ever since reading Bel Canto. I'm reading my way through her books and have loved Patron Saint of Liars and The Magician's Assistant. She's four for four now.
John Nickel, the narrator was a riveting character, with his deep empathy and love for his son, compassion/lust for the young waitress who shows up with her brother, Carl, the most doomed in a novel of lost souls. The story made perfect sense but I had a tough time with the past/present splice. I often felt that the minute I gave myself over to the narrator's tale, I was shoved back into the past - which really needed no expansion and offered no surprises, no greater depth or insight for all the attention paid. But the writing was gorgeous and unselfconscious and written with compassion and wisdom. I did not really mind the ending, although I know many did. I think it suited the mood of the story.
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Nothing goes quite the way you expect it to which makes her novels that much more interesting and realistic. Read this and everything else she's written, if you care about good writing and an extraordinary imagination.