by Ann Patchett | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0060540761 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Ri of Cincinnati, Ohio USA on 11/27/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by Ri from Cincinnati, Ohio USA on Sunday, November 27, 2005
From Publishers Weekly
Following her well-received debut, The Patron Saint of Liars , Patchett convincingly portrays a bar manager's conflicted feelings for a teenage waitress in this tale of fatherhood and unfulfilled dreams. Narrator John Nickel runs a bar called Muddy's on Memphis's Beale Street. He took the job to help provide for his lover, Marion, and their 10-year-old son, Franklin, who have since moved away, leaving him concerned that the boy lacks paternal guidance. When 17-year-old Fay Taft shows up at Muddy's, lies about her age and asks for a job, Nickel is touched by her neediness and hires her. But he doesn't bargain on her growing desire for him, or on her drug-dealer brother, who brings sleazy clients to the bar. Another complication is the issue of race--Fay is white, Nickel black--but the author concentrates on the color-blind moral problems that any family faces. As Nickel contemplates his own predicaments, he imagines scenes of the Tafts in a stable home before their father died. His sincere sense of responsibility--to his son, to Fay, even to Fay's no-good brother--is conveyed with visceral power, although the hard-boiled dialogue often resembles parody. Patchett's characters may include tough cookies with hearts of gold, but the novel is at its best when she mutes the melodrama and focuses on basic moral issues.

Journal Entry 2 by Ri from Cincinnati, Ohio USA on Thursday, March 01, 2007
This is reserved for HoserLauren who snagged it in the Non-Genre swap at BO.

Journal Entry 3 by morsecode from Woonsocket, Rhode Island USA on Thursday, September 06, 2007
This book arrived safe and sound in Buffalo, NY today. I'll pass it along to Hoserlauren next time I see her.

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Monday, September 10, 2007
It's a flying baby book! The cover is so odd! lol
Got this from the non-genre swap. Looking forward to it!

Thanks Ri & Morsie!

Journal Entry 5 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, September 26, 2009
I didn't mean to hold onto this book for so long!

John Nickel gave up his musical career to become a bar owner in Memphis, trying to prove to his girlfriend that he could support her and their child. Despite how hard John tried to prove his worth to her, she left for Miami, taking John's child with her.

As John gets used to a life of managing a bar, Fay Taft walks into the bar looking for a place to work. John offers her a job and trouble follows. Fay's father died of a heart attack recently, which brought Fay and her brother Carl to Memphis to stay with their aunt and uncle. Carl becomes a regular at the bar, bringing bad customers with him. Meanwhile Fay is reaching out for a fatherly figure and John is the only prominent male in her life.

This book is very easy to get in to, as all Ann Patchett books seem to be. It was interesting how John, a large black man, surveyed his relationship with Fay, a petite white girl, and what it would look like to others. That being said, I found the ending unsatisfying. Though I suspected things would climax the way they did, nothing much resulted from it which left me wanting something more.

Journal Entry 6 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, October 02, 2009
This book is with me now!!

Journal Entry 7 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, October 23, 2009
John Nickel manages a bar in Memphis. He was a musician but has gotten a job to prove to his girlfriend, Marion, he can provide for her and their son, Franklin. Marion, however has moved away taking Franklin with her. John now worries that his son is not getting some paternal guidance in his life.

John hires Fay, a young white waitress who lied about her age in order to get the job. Fay has a brother Carl who is into drugs. Fay and Carl's father has recently died of a heart attack and they have come to Memphis to live with their aunt and uncle.

John finds himself consumed with the idea of Taft, Fay and Carl's father and he soon envisions scenes between the family members. In the meantime Fay becomes more and more attracted to John and Carl begins to bring his druggie friends to the bar.

This was a strange book for me with really no satisfying ending. An okay read but nothing special.

The cover is very strange with a baby being thrown in the air. Any parent would know that it is too high and frankly dangerous. Goes in the category of What were they thinking?

Journal Entry 8 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Mailed today to Camis as a Christmas RABCK!

Journal Entry 9 by camis from Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Monday, November 23, 2009
Thank you for this wishlist book Lauren! Received a couple of weeks ago but only just got round to journalling! Heading to Mount TBR for now.

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