This Ann Patchett read was slow to start and much harder to get into then I had expected. However, halfway in the tale flew. Patchett is a true master at creating strong, realist characters that evolve page by page. She also incorporates interesting themes, weaving them effortlessly into the story. In this book fatherhood, loyalty (sometimes misplaced), loss, and the complexities of love and friendship are explored. By the end of Taft I was so caught up I wished for more. I wonder if Patchett purposely intended an ending where the reader would continue to imagine the characters and contemplate what they would do next. 

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