Taft: A Novel (Paperback)

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New York Times Notable Book

“As resonant as a blues song. . . . Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett’s fiction.”—New York Times Book Review

An ex-jazz drummer wants nothing more than to be a good father in this moving family novel by the New York Times best-selling author of The Dutch House.

When John Nickel's lover takes away his son, Nickel is left only with his Beale Street bar in Memphis. 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.

About the Author

ANN PATCHETT is the author of eight novels: The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder, Commonwealth, and The Dutch House as well as three books of nonfiction: Truth & Beauty, about her friendship with the writer Lucy Grealy, What Now? an expansion of her graduation address at Sarah Lawrence College, and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, a collection of essays examining the theme of commitment.

Praise For…

“As resonant as a blues song. . . . Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett’s fiction."
New York Times Book Review

"A moving emblem of fatherhood's rarely explored passion." — Los Angeles Times

"Absorbing. . . Strikingly original." — Kirkus Reviews

"Patchett writes with remarkable conviction and attention to telling details." — Mirabella

Product Details
ISBN: 9780547521893
ISBN-10: 0547521898
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: May 9th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English