Saul and Patsy (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Five Oaks, Michigan is not exactly where Saul and Patsy meant to end up. Both from the East Coast, they met in college, fell in love, and settled down to married life in the Midwest. Saul is Jewish and a compulsively inventive worrier; Patsy is gentile and cheerfully pragmatic. On Saul’s initiative (and to his continual dismay) they have moved to this small town–a place so devoid of irony as to be virtually “a museum of earlier American feelings”–where he has taken a job teaching high school.

Soon this brainy and guiltily happy couple will find children have become a part of their lives, first their own baby daughter and then an unloved, unlovable boy named Gordy Himmelman. It is Gordy who will throw Saul and Patsy’s lives into disarray with an inscrutable act of violence. As timely as a news flash yet informed by an immemorial understanding of human character, Saul and Patsy is a genuine miracle.


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User Review  - Caitlin Griffin - Goodreads

i really love charles baxter's writing, in this and in feast of love. But i just didn't connect to this novel as much. i hated patsy. it bothered me that it was mostly from saul's or patsy's POV but ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bookhuw - Goodreads

There's a sort of twee tone to this, which I found a bit off-putting. The pacing is unusual: it never seems to vary, with the dramatic and the mundane narrated in the same off-hand way. Initially ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
17
Section 3
31
Section 4
63
Section 5
81
Section 6
99
Section 7
117
Section 8
123
Section 15
235
Section 16
251
Section 17
261
Section 18
267
Section 19
269
Section 20
277
Section 21
281
Section 22
293

Section 9
141
Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
181
Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 23
295
Section 24
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Section 25
305
Section 26
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About the author (2007)

Charles Baxter lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of seven other works of fiction, including Believers, Harmony of the World, and Through the Safety Net. The Feast of Love was a finalist for the National Book Award.


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