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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.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 14 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||September 10, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #36,056 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,808 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#10,457 in Literary Fiction (Books)
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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.
Then I become totally immersed in the book. It is on my mind until I am at the end. I loved this book! I have read thousands of books but at my age I have become so much more choosy or maybe books aren't as good. This one is more than good!
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Like all Patchett novels, it's hard to define and describe. Nickel is a likeable, believable central character, although you want to shake him sometimes. If you ignore the oddness of the concept of this man imagining the very ordinary life of the deceased Taft, those sections are also very readable and Taft himself is a sympathetic and realistic character. There are also some very likeable supporting characters - and some irritatingly real ones too.
Patchett does a good job of writing about ordinary lives in a way that feels clever and original and fairly gripping. I say 'fairly' because it's not edge-of-seat stuff, but it does have a good forwards momentum and I didn't find it hard to pick up. Because Patchett's books aren't formulaic, one of the challenges in reading them is not really knowing where things might end up. That's a joy but also stretches the mind more than a novel with a fixed story arc - a whodunnit for example.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and liked the fact it isn't a carbon copy of any other novel. I don't think it is outstanding, but not every book is. It's definitely worth a read if you enjoy literary fiction and character driven stories, and if you have enjoyed her other books I am sure you would like this one too. Some of her others are a lot better - so if you did enjoy this one, do try the rest as there is even better out there.