Saul and Patsy by Charles Baxter

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Five Oaks, Michigan is not exactly where Saul and Patsy meant to end up. Both from the East Coast, they met in college, fell in love, and settled down to married life in the Midwest. Saul is Jewish and a compulsively inventive worrier; Patsy is gentile and cheerfully pragmatic. On Saul’s initiative (and to his continual dismay) they have moved to this small town–a place so devoid of irony as to be virtually “a museum of earlier American feelings”–where he has taken a job teaching high school.

Soon this brainy and guiltily happy couple will find children have become a part of their lives, first their own baby daughter and then an unloved, unlovable boy named Gordy Himmelman. It is Gordy who will throw Saul and Patsy’s lives into disarray with an inscrutable act of violence. As timely as a news flash yet informed by an immemorial understanding of human character, Saul and Patsy is a genuine miracle.


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About Charles Baxter

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Charles Baxter is the author of nine previous works of fiction, including Believers, The Feast of Love (nominated for the National Book Award), Saul and Patsy, and Through the Safety Net. He lives in Minneapolis.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 338 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Saul drives the parentless Gordy back to his aunt Brenda, a benighted hag-like waitress, but Gordy keeps returning until one day, with the storybook family watching, he blows his brains out.

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The narrative crests occasionally on signs and wonders (early on, Saul has a spiritual epiphany after sighting an albino deer), but turns on the inexplicable suicide of Saul's illiterate, inarticulate student, Gordy Himmelman.

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Book Reporter

Charles Baxter's new novel, SAUL AND PATSY, may be the longest short story ever written.

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Entertainment Weekly

Back in Baltimore, his Jewish mom kvetches about her son's chosen home and career -- and privately about Saul and Patsy's demonstrably public love, which strikes her as ''an error of taste or judgment.'' Five Oaks is rife with class differences, but it's also a place in which well-meaning pe...

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Deseret News

"Saul and Patsy" Bernstein, in Charles Baxter's new novel, are a young married couple, originally from the East Coast, who move to a small town in rural Michigan.

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