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Let's Discuss: Taft by Ann Patchett

  • Nov 1, 2012 · 7:00 PM

Everything Ann Patchett writes is good! Denise has chosen this for our next selection--make sure to get your 10% off at Bookshop Santa Cruz by mentioning Ravenous Readers. Let's meet again at Laili and have yummy food to go with our wide-ranging talk.

Best-selling novelist Ann Patchett’s second, "strikingly original"* novel tells the moving story of John Nickel, an ex–jazz musician who wanted nothing more than to be a good father. When his lover takes away his son, he’s left only with his Beale Street bar. He hires a young waitress named Fay Taft, who brings with her a desperate, dangerous brother, Carl, and the possibility of new intimacy. Nickel finds himself consumed with Fay and Carl’s dead father— Taft—obsessing over and reconstructing the life of a man he never met.

A stunning artistic achievement, Taft confirms Ann Patchett’s standing as one of the most gifted writers of her generation and reminds us of our deepest instincts to protect the people we love.

*Kirkus Reviews

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    Meredith is an astute and avid reader and is adept at conveying nuance and meaning to her analysis of her reading. We shared a great meal and the evening was very enjoyable.

    November 3, 2012

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