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Run

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Publisher's Summary

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 of his children, safe.

Set over a period of 24 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 one another, and how family can include people you've never even met. As in her best-selling 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.

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©2007 Ann Patchett; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Run is a book that sets out inventively to contend with the temper of our times, and by the end we feel we really know the Doyle family in all its intensity and with all its surprises." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Alabama Mom Fredericksburg, VA United States 08-14-16
    Alabama Mom Fredericksburg, VA United States 08-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Distracting music on audiobook"

    It's not the type of book I would usually pick up, but I needed an audiobook for a long drive. This book was recommended by a friend. The story is good. The narrator is engaged and easy to listen to. The characters are well-developed and believable. However, the audio has this weird "Seinfeld"-like music that is distracting and, at times, completely inappropriate. I was completely turned off. If I hadn't been trapped in a car, I wouldn't have finished it.

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    Karlyn Keller 04-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Story that is intriguing and humanizing"

    Read this one for a book club I am in. It's not typically part of my reading fodder. Having said that, I did enjoy the book. It was a bit convoluted, true. But it still retained a story line I was willing to go along with. The coincidental nature of some happenings was a bit beyond my scope of suspending disbelief but not enough that I quit reading or hated the read like some.

    I liked the characters. I could appreciate both their self centeredness as well as their desire to support the family unit. The author did a great job of keeping the story to a flow that was both forward steps and look backs that explained the relevant information. I did not have a personal paradigm for much of the story but that didn't bother me.

    In my opinion, the weakest point of the book involved the statue but I get the allegory that was at play. I just didn't feel like it forwarded the story as much as the author probably thought it did. I felt it was a bit of the author attempting to display how clever they were

    Having said that, I'd say this book will probably do best with those who like angsty story lines where there are clashes of class and privilege.

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    JoelleLeah AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-06-15
    JoelleLeah AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "boring...."
    What would have made Run better?

    half way thru I was still bored. too slow, found myself getting irritated -


    Any additional comments?

    I loved State of Wonder so much, this was a snore, not even going to finish it

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    Loretta R. Cooper 01-02-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Book. Poor Narration"

    This was recorded and mastered for CD and needs to be revisited for the digital format. Aside from production quality, the narrator is uninspiring to the point of distraction.

    The book is another excellent offering from Ms. Patchett.

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    Katharine M. 09-12-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Family and Politics with Heart and Values"

    My husband and I love to listen to Ann Patchett together. Not many books get both of us hooked, but A.P. catches us both with her character development, good sense of story and style of expression. Her use of language is simply beautiful. Run's narration threw me in the first few minutes but very quickly I realized the narrator allows the written word to carry itself until his flair is called for - and then he is brilliant again. I love it that Patchett is both a realist and someone who refuses to allow despair a permanent place. Her sense of family is whole and imperfect and hopeful. Her conveyance of politics is that it must be values based to be helpful. Somehow she conveys all this with everyday words in graceful arrangements.

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    katherine_demaray philadelphi, pa, United States 03-04-13
    katherine_demaray philadelphi, pa, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Peter Francis James brings this to life"
    Have you listened to any of Peter Francis James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first "book on tape" and Peter Francis James was the perfect narrator. I can't imagine anyone else bringing these characters to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


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    Corby 12-03-12
    Corby 12-03-12 Member Since 2008
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    "So good, you'll read it twice!"

    Oh, what beautiful writing! I finished this morning and immediately went back to the beginning to listen again. Didn't want to leave these characters.

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