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Struggling with single parenthood and a scandal that cost him his political career, Bernard Doyle fights his disappointment with his adopted sons' career choices before a violent event forces the members of his family to reconsider their priorities.

Blackwell North Amer

Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving, possessive, and ambitious father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see his 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 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.

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Struggling with single parenthood and a scandal that cost him his political career, Bernard Doyle fights his disappointment with his adopted sons' career choices before a violent event forces the members of his family to reconsider their priorities. By the author of Bel Canto. 200,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061340635
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 24 cm


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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.

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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.

Jun 11, 2012

Another good book by A. Patchett. It kept my attention, had a good twists and, of course, is beautifully written.

Aug 01, 2011

This is a really beautiful book, wonderfully written. I could not stop reading.

Mar 11, 2011

An author new to me: I put in a request after seeing reader reviews of the book on this site (yay! OPL). Takes its time getting started, and a coincidence central to the plot is a bit far-fetched, but the characters are real and true, and it's a story where (with one exception) I didn't know where it was going. Putting in requests for her other books now. For me, one of the best possible recommendations: it's a good read!

Jan 13, 2011

this wasn't AP's best, but it did have an interesting twist

Dec 29, 2010

Another captivating novel by Ann Patchett. This one was slower for me to warm to, with underdeveloped characters leaving you wanting more... but in the end, capturing the heartbreak and deep heartfelt love that comes with loving and losing family.

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