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"Engaging, surprising, provocative and moving...a thoroughly intelligent book, an intimate domestic drama that nonetheless deals with big issues touching us all: religion, race, class, politics and, above all else, family." -- Washington Post

From New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett comes an engrossing story of one family on one fateful night in Boston where secrets are unlocked and new bonds are formed.

Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving possessive and ambitions father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see is sons in politics, a dream the boys have never shared. But when an argument in a blinding New England snowstorm inadvertently causes an accident that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard Doyle cares about is his ability to keep his children--all his children--safe.

Set over a period of twenty-four hours, Run takes us from the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard to a home for retired Catholic Priests in downtown Boston. It shows us how worlds of privilege and poverty can coexist only blocks apart from each other, and how family can include people you've never even met. As an in her bestselling novel, Bel Canto, Ann Patchett illustrates the humanity that connects disparate lives, weaving several stories into one surprising and endlessly moving narrative. Suspenseful and stunningly executed, Run is ultimately a novel about secrets, duty, responsibility, and the lengths we will go to protect our children.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2007.
ISBN: 9780061340635
Characteristics: 295 p. ;,24 cm.


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Feb 25, 2021

This is not my favourite Ann Patchett novel - I preferred State of Wonder and The Dutch House and Bel Canto.

Dec 26, 2020

So- so. Not Ann Patchette's best, but still good.

May 27, 2020

I liked this a lot. There are some very vitriolic reviews on goodreads but I really appreciated the beautiful writing, the involving storyline, and what Patchett has to say about families. This is my 4th Patchett and I'm not a love-everything fan (Bel Canto 5 stars, The Magician's Assistant 2 stars, State of Wonder 4 stars) but this solidified that I want to look for her other titles. Most likely this particularly resonated with me because adoption has touched my life in so many ways - in my immediate and extended family, with numerous friends, in my community, and certainly in my work. This is one story about how a particular family grows; believable to me because I have seen and felt many like it. I loved the love in this book. And the ending - apparently divisive - worked perfectly for me because of its imperfection in resolution for all of the characters. That's how life is.

Jun 19, 2019

Bel Canto is my favorite Ann Patchett, but this is my second favorite. Really enjoy the characters - some too good to be true - but it is fiction.

Mar 21, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. The characters and the plot were all well done.

Sep 09, 2018

Argh, I could not get past the first chapter. I felt like Catholicism was shoved down my throat. I wanted a nice, Fiction story,not a rendition of the Bible. Do I have to be reminded of large, Catholic families, having too many children with little money and the penchant to drink? Okay, I'm done. Sorry.

Aug 16, 2016


Jul 03, 2016

If you like Ann Patchett, and I do, you'll like this story. I found it engaging from page one. A gentle story about the intricacies of family.

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

An accident on a snowy Cambridge street propels two families onto different paths. There are plenty of mysteries in this story - not to mention some exquisite characters who will steal your heart.

brianreynolds Dec 25, 2012

As is her forte, Patchett creates an interesting array of characters in Run, gives them extensive backgrounds and brings them to life on the printed page. She lets them breath in an interesting situation that is realistically portrayed and is more or less plausible. Here we have two adopted Afro-American adults in an upper-middle class white family that includes an older humanitarian sibling, a pushy father and an uncle who, as an ailing retired Catholic priest, seems able to perform miracles. Add to that a heroic birth mom, her adopted daughter, plus a ghost and one would think a plot might be wholly unnecessary. Or. One might mourn the lack of it. It is always good to see the good-guys rewarded and the bad-guys chastised or reformed, even when there is little reason for that to happen.

Throughout the book I wondered about the title. While a few of the characters are runners or joggers, running does not move anything along. In fact most of it is done on a track—in circles. So maybe the title is exceptionally appropriate: when you run, you build both body and character; you rarely serve much purpose regarding others; you feel good while you are doing it and after you finish; its drama takes place inside of the runner’s mind and consequently it is rarely a spectator sport. In that sense especially Run is quite a good run.

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