Run by Ann Patchett

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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.


About Ann Patchett

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Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and two books of nonfiction. She is the winner of the PEN/ Faulkner Award, England's Orange Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 356 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And what prompts a smart, healthy, competent black woman to give up not only her infant son but then, days later — upon spotting a newspaper photo of the smiling white couple who have adopted her newborn — his 14-month-old brother?

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The New York Times

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(Nothing so exotic is liable to happen in the workaday fiction of Ann Packer, with whom Ann Patchett should not be confused.) At the same time she creates an entirely credible set of dynamics for the Doyle family.

Sep 20 2007 | Read Full Review of Run

The Guardian

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Both boys find their minds drifting through the lecture and, when Jackson eventually winds up, and Tip, Teddy and Doyle are leaving the lecture hall, Tip finally tells his father that he's never been interested in politics and that he's never going to come to another lecture: 'You don't care abou...

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The Guardian

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Yet here is Ann Patchett - winner of the Orange prize for her previous novel, Bel Canto, and author of The Magician's Assistant, which is even better - clearly a literary novelist, tackling serious themes with sharp and fresh writing and willing to stray into unusual territory.

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BC Books

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Ann Patchett’s writing career started out with a long, slow burn-out at Seventeen magazine...

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Here she explores the fall-out from an unexpected encounter between two young African-American brothers, raised as the adopted sons of the white mayor of Boston, and their biological mother, who appears suddenly on a cold winter evening and saves one of the siblings from an oncoming car.

Sep 25 2007 | Read Full Review of Run


In this passage, Kenya is Tip's guest on the college running track: She was hopping up and down now, a manic pink spring, ready to spend the ounce of herself she had been holding on to tight, tight, tight.

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Book Reporter

They invest considerable passion in politics (giving the word run a different significance) --- which, Patchett makes clear, has the ability to corrupt (a scandal in Sullivan's past is hushed up by his father) as well as to inspire (in a flashback, after hearing Dr. King speak, Tennessee, stunned...

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Suite 101

Set in Boston, Anne Patchett's fifth novel Run is a story of the connections between a family of privilege, and one of poverty.

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USA Today

Her name is Tennessee, and she is with her daughter (that precocious 11-year-old), Kenya.It won't surprise anybody to learn that Tennessee is the mother of Tip and Teddy and that she has stalked the Doyle family for years.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Doyle's rather saintly late wife, who bore one child of her own - Sullivan, the family black sheep - has died many years earlier, leaving Doyle to rear the younger two.

Oct 01 2007 | Read Full Review of Run

Run is a delightfully plotted novel of faith, family and redemption, written from multiple points of view - male, female, young, old, black and white.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Whitney Gould New York Times Book Review 2 of 5 Stars "Run shies away from the thorniest questions Patchett implicitly raises: What does it mean when a white politician adopts black sons in a city where many black constituents live in poverty?

Oct 05 2007 | Read Full Review of Run

The Roanoke Times

The woman that saves Tip is unknown to the Sullivan family, yet she and her 11-year old daughter look familiar – even related.

Apr 28 2009 | Read Full Review of Run

With the softest touch of the three, Ann Patchett follows her best-seller Bel Canto (2001) with RUN (HarperCollins), a potently condensed examination of another aging man full of desire and regret.

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