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... show more
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.
Publish date: September 25th 2007
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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This is a slice of life drama about a mixed race family - the two young men, Tip and Teddy, are great characters, and the young girl, Kenya, is also a very attractive voice in the novel. I did think Sullivan was wasted though, and he should have had a much greater part in the story. I would read a w...
I think, mostly, Run is a book about family. Not family based on blood ties, the Doyles are largely a family created through adoption, but rather, family as created by love ties. That's what makes it compelling and why I stuck with it to the end. Of course, Ann Patchett is an excellent writer and he...
I liked this book. Like others have said, it's not always a believable book, but that's why I like reading so much, it's an escape from reality! There are strong family elements here, studies on the reaction to loss, breaking free from parental expectations and how to react in a crisis. My big com...
Patchett has great turns of phrase; she manages to write books that are compelling and also contain pretty prose. However, this felt like she was just stretching too far. On page 43 when it is clear that Kenya knows the boys, I immediately thought, "Oh God, it is their mother." I was relieved a fe...
Meh.I so wanted to love this but there wasn't enough there to love. Was it an exercise in showing how banal and self-interested people are? The only truly interesting person in the story was the oldest brother, so naturally, his character and development were the least explored.On a side note, I lis...