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This Month's Theme:
Out of the Ordinary

A novel can be out of the ordinary is more ways than one. Two of our September novels are the celebrated classics All the King's Men and The Dollmaker. Our other two novels, Yates Paul and Kentuckiana, describe ordinary Lexington settings peopled with unusual characters. Books for September

Now:
Yates Paul, His Grand Flights, His Tootings
by James Baker Hall

Sunday, Sept. 21 at 6:30/5:30 am CT and 11:30/10:30 pm on KET2

First published in 1964 and then reissued in 2002, Yates Paul, His Grand Flights, His Tootings tells the story of a 13-year-old Lexington boy living alone with his father, who runs a photography business. It's the late 1940s, and Yates spends most of his days working in the darkroom of his father's cluttered studio.

Yates is an imaginative child, full of extravagant daydreams about becoming a world-renowned photographer or playing baseball for the Cincinnati Reds. He's also wildly in love with Jane, his father's 22-year-old secretary.

As the story unfolds, we see the hard realities that threaten the child—the suicides of his mother and grandfather, his father's inability to form relationships, his family's tempestuous relationships. But despite the disorder and despair that surround him, Yates engages us with his optimism, his intelligence, and—ultimately—his ability to do what no one has done for him: put another person's welfare before his own.

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