Orange Prize winner Ann Patchett's second novel to be published in the UK. John Nickel is a black ex-jazz musician who only wants to be a good father. When his son is taken away to Miami by his mother, Nickel is left with nothing but Muddy's, the Memphis blues bar that he manages. Then he hires Fay Taft, a young white waitress from east Tennessee who has a volatile brother, Carl, in tow. They spell nothing but trouble for Nickel. Fay stirs up both romantic and paternal impulses in him and Carl is clearly a no-good. But 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 whose place he has taken.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - porch_reader - LibraryThing
This is Ann Patchett's second novel, written before [Bel Canto] made her one of my favorite authors. In it, she takes us to Memphis, where ex-jazz musician John Nickel manages a bar. When Fay Taft ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - hardlyhardy - LibraryThing
"Home seemed a heaven and that we were cast out ..." -- Henry Green Ann Patchett's early novel "Taft" (1994) begins with these words from the British novelist, and as I think about the novel in the ... Read full review