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October 2008 Indie Next List
“This tender, piercingly beautiful story of motherless children weaves together big themes such as the notion of what constitutes family, race, politics, and the responsibility to self vs. community. Patchett is wonderful at sketching perfect vignettes of quiet humanity and grace in the simple act of connection. Book groups will find much to discuss here; this is a completely satisfying read.”
— Michele Lonergan, Tree House Books, Holland, MI
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.
“Ann Patchett can be counted on to deliver novels rich in imaginative bravado and psychological nuance.”