Run: A Novel (Paperback)

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Run: A Novel (Paperback)

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Set over a period of 24 hours, Run is the story of the
motherless Doyle family. Since their mother's death, Tip, Teddy and
Sullivan 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 snowstorm inadvertently causes an accident
that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard cares about is
keeping all his children safe. As Janet Maslin in her September 2007
review of Run said, "Ms. Patchett creates a genuinely rich landscape of
human possibility, and gives her readers much to contemplate when
genetics, privilege, opportunity and nurture come into play." I love
everything written by Ann Patchett. . .and this book is no exception.

— Julie

"Engaging, surprising, provocative and moving...a thoroughly intelligent book, an intimate domestic drama that nonetheless deals with big issues touching us all: religion, race, class, politics and, above all else, family." -- Washington Post

From New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett comes an engrossing story of one family on one fateful night in Boston where secrets are unlocked and new bonds are formed.

Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving possessive and ambitions father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see is 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 an 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 is the author of eight novels, four works of nonfiction, and two children's books. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the PEN/Faulkner, the Women's Prize in the U.K., and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her most recent novel, The Dutch House, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. TIME magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books.


Product Details ISBN: 9780061340642
ISBN-10: 0061340642
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: July 29th, 2008
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: P.S.
“Ann Patchett can be counted on to deliver novels rich in imaginative bravado and psychological nuance.”
Publishers Weekly