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Awards

The Rooster 2008 Morning News Tournament of Books Nominee

Staff Pick

Run, a worthy successor to Bel Canto, shows off Patchett's trademark gorgeous prose and emotional depth. Her characters are believably flawed, but ultimately good and decent human beings who you want to spend time with.
Recommended by Jill Owens, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"This fifth novel by the author of the much-admired 'Bel Canto' is engaging, surprising, provocative and moving. Its force is diminished somewhat by a couple of extended passages in which Ann Patchett resorts to conversation rather than action to fill in some of her plot's holes, but these are minor annoyances in what is otherwise a thoroughly intelligent book, an intimate domestic drama that nonetheless... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"[L]uminous....In extraordinarily fluid prose, Patchett unfolds this story to its epiloguelike final chapter as she illuminates issues of race, religion, duty, and desire." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"[E]ngrossing and enjoyable....The somewhat unusual premise is presented very matter-of-factly; this is not a story about race but about family and the depths of parents' love of their children...and of each other. Recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"A family-of-man fable that reads a little too pat to ring true....Compelling story but thematically heavy-handed." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Ms. Patchett gives her readers much to contemplate when genetics, privilege, opportunity and nurture come into play. And to her credit she is neither vague nor reductive about any of these things; she creates a genuinely rich landscape of human possibility." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"Ann Patchett is capable of lovely work, but there isn't a believable moment in this inert novel....The loopy plot is so contrived it's hard to know what you want for these characters. It's even harder to care. (Grade: C)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Patchett's finest work....Run is dazzling from the start; it wastes no time getting revved up....Run is a mature work, a book that feels effortlessly wrought. It is also an affirming book, and Lord knows, we could use a few more of those." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Run is a graceful, deceptively straightforward novel, seeming as effortless as Kenya unfolding her legs on a city street. And yet it manages to deliver a story about race, attachment, and sacrifice. Nothing easy about that." Boston Globe

Review:

"Like Anne Tyler, Ann Patchett explores big questions without pretentiousness. Her quirky characters speak offbeat but believable dialogue. Miraculously, despite the coincidences of the plot, Run rings true." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Review:

"What felt effortless in Bel Canto...is schematic and all too precious in Run....It's easy to become sarcastic about Run, which is a shame, because it's filled with lovely intentions and a few truly moving passages." USA Today

Review:

"Patchett is a virtuoso storyteller, with an ability to create characters we can innately understand. Run is as strong and heartfelt a tale as her other works. It is funny and touching and troubling, ending like a good sermon in redemption and hope." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"It's difficult to understand why an author would seed her story with potentially rich material only to refrain from exploring it. But this might explain why Patchett's characters ultimately feel less real than symbolic, as wooden as the Virgin's statue." Leah Hager Cohen, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Patchett's efforts to depict the triumph of family in a dysfunctional world carry all the emotional heft of a Lifetime TV movie. This is fiction for people who live with their blinders on." The Philadelphia Inquirer

Synopsis:

The highly anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Bel Canto is an engrossing story of a fateful night and day that will change everything for one Boston family. At its center, Run is about what defines family and the lengths to which we will go to protect our children.

About the Author

Ann Patchett is the author of four novels: The Patron Saint of Liars, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Taft, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize; The Magician's Assistant, for which she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship; and Bel Canto, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, England's Orange Prize, the Book Sense Book of the Year Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. It has been translated into thirty languages. Her nonfiction book, Truth & Beauty, was a New York Times bestseller and the winner of a Books for a Better Life Award. Patchett has written for many publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Magazine, Gourmet, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and the Washington Post. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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redrockbookworm, July 22, 2008 (view all comments by redrockbookworm)
I am an admirer of Ann Patchett and two of her previous works; Bel Canto and Patron Saint of Liars. Run contains many thematic similarities to her previous books but manages to approach them from a different perspective. All of Patchetts books present the reader with addictive tales about unusual and troubled characters forced by unexpected circumstances to confront and resolve compelling questions confronting them in their everyday lives.

Run is a story of intersecting destinies; an exquisite family portrait that examines aspects of love, loss, father/son relationships, religion, the black experience, political ethics, social responsibility and finally every child's quest for individual identity and their longing for parental love and approval.

Run is aptly titled since each character in this novel is running, either physically or metaphorically, toward or away from something in their lives.

Patchett's elegant prose and storytelling talent captures the subtle metamorphosis each character undergoes as well as offering the reader powerful insights into familial relationships.

This is a tale that completely involves the reader in the lives of its characters, who feel like family and continued to live on in your memory long after the last page has been turned.
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KAbbey, December 30, 2007 (view all comments by KAbbey)
Patchett has crafted another beautifully written narrative. "Run" follows the Doyle family: father Bernard, biological son Sullivan, and adopted sons Tip and Teddy. A sudden calamity brings strangers into their lives and over the course of the next twenty-four hours, their perspectives and lives are changed forever. Patchett has mastered the art of writing in a way that completely absorbs her readers. It flows so smoothly between different character's inner dialogues and past reflections. The book is filled with doubt, loss, and tragedy, but also delivers hope. I felt a connection with each character and a devotion to their lives. As good as Bel Canto, "Run" leaves me in anticipation of Patchett's next novel!! I would also recommend reading Tino Georgiou's bestselling novel--The Fates--if you missed it!
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Bookwomyn, November 28, 2007 (view all comments by Bookwomyn)
It's no Bel Canto ...

I wanted to love this book but it was not possible. Oh, there's a lot to love - Patchett could not write a book that wasn't at least a little lovable but this one misses the mark a bit. I thought my book was missing pages towards the end ... so much time had passed between the body of the work and the ending but apparently that's what she intended. Still ... it's a good book and she's a good author - certainly better than many who are steady visitors to the "Best Sellers Lists." One can hardly call them authors - they're machines who simply re-tool their work (Patterson, Steele, etal). Patchett is a good author and I look forward to her next book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061340635
Author:
Patchett, Ann
Publisher:
Harper
Author:
by Ann Patchett
Subject:
General
Subject:
Boston (Mass.)
Subject:
Family secrets
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
October 1, 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.21x6.42x1.08 in. 1.29 lbs.

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Product details 304 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780061340635 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Run, a worthy successor to Bel Canto, shows off Patchett's trademark gorgeous prose and emotional depth. Her characters are believably flawed, but ultimately good and decent human beings who you want to spend time with.

"Review" by , "[L]uminous....In extraordinarily fluid prose, Patchett unfolds this story to its epiloguelike final chapter as she illuminates issues of race, religion, duty, and desire."
"Review" by , "[E]ngrossing and enjoyable....The somewhat unusual premise is presented very matter-of-factly; this is not a story about race but about family and the depths of parents' love of their children...and of each other. Recommended."
"Review" by , "A family-of-man fable that reads a little too pat to ring true....Compelling story but thematically heavy-handed."
"Review" by , "Ms. Patchett gives her readers much to contemplate when genetics, privilege, opportunity and nurture come into play. And to her credit she is neither vague nor reductive about any of these things; she creates a genuinely rich landscape of human possibility."
"Review" by , "Ann Patchett is capable of lovely work, but there isn't a believable moment in this inert novel....The loopy plot is so contrived it's hard to know what you want for these characters. It's even harder to care. (Grade: C)"
"Review" by , "Patchett's finest work....Run is dazzling from the start; it wastes no time getting revved up....Run is a mature work, a book that feels effortlessly wrought. It is also an affirming book, and Lord knows, we could use a few more of those."
"Review" by , "Run is a graceful, deceptively straightforward novel, seeming as effortless as Kenya unfolding her legs on a city street. And yet it manages to deliver a story about race, attachment, and sacrifice. Nothing easy about that."
"Review" by , "Like Anne Tyler, Ann Patchett explores big questions without pretentiousness. Her quirky characters speak offbeat but believable dialogue. Miraculously, despite the coincidences of the plot, Run rings true."
"Review" by , "What felt effortless in Bel Canto...is schematic and all too precious in Run....It's easy to become sarcastic about Run, which is a shame, because it's filled with lovely intentions and a few truly moving passages."
"Review" by , "Patchett is a virtuoso storyteller, with an ability to create characters we can innately understand. Run is as strong and heartfelt a tale as her other works. It is funny and touching and troubling, ending like a good sermon in redemption and hope."
"Review" by , "It's difficult to understand why an author would seed her story with potentially rich material only to refrain from exploring it. But this might explain why Patchett's characters ultimately feel less real than symbolic, as wooden as the Virgin's statue."
"Review" by , "Patchett's efforts to depict the triumph of family in a dysfunctional world carry all the emotional heft of a Lifetime TV movie. This is fiction for people who live with their blinders on."
"Synopsis" by , The highly anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Bel Canto is an engrossing story of a fateful night and day that will change everything for one Boston family. At its center, Run is about what defines family and the lengths to which we will go to protect our children.
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