Saul and Patsy

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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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Verily, as Baxter has now discovered, to be known as a "writer's writer" is both a blessing and a curse. Saul and Patsy, his eighth published work of fiction, has further enhanced his reputation as ... Read full review

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Having fallen passionately in love while students at Northwestern University, the Jewish Saul and former Episcopalian Patsy are surprised to find themselves ensconced in the small central Michigan ... 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
153
Section 11
161
Section 12
181
Section 13
211
Section 14
215
Section 23
295
Section 24
299
Section 25
305
Section 26
313
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About the author (2007)

Charles Baxter is the author of the novels The Feast of Love (nominated for the National Book Award), The Soul Thief, Saul and Patsy, Shadow Play, and First Light, and the story collections Gryphon, Believers, A Relative Stranger, Through the Safety Net, and Harmony of the World.  The stories “Bravery” and “Charity,” which appear in There’s Something I Want You to Do, were included in Best American Short Stories. Baxter lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

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