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Saul and Patsy by Charles Baxter
Saul and Patsy tells the story of an east coast couple finding themselves misplaced in a small Michigan community. Saul is a Jewish high school teacher who feels out of touch with his students and suspects anti-Semitism everywhere. He loves Patsy dearly, but a combination of the birth of their daughter, a tragedy involving a young man who became attached to him, and his constant self-obsession strain both their marriage and their lives. Charles Baxter has written Saul and Patsy as an examination of American life via the story of one couple's love story. Dealing with a multitude of issues besides portraying a slice of life, this novel has received mostly positive reviews. The Portland Oregonian says, "Baxter rescues the reader with gentle surprises that bring on feelings of tenderness toward humankind. He seems to believe in the best for us. By the time you finish reading Saul and Patsy you know them, and maybe you know yourself a little better, too."