Run: A Novel (Paperback)

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by Ann Patchett is a celebration of family. 
Bernadette grew up expecting to have a big, boisterous family.  Doyle loves his young wife, he happily looks
forward to a home full of children. 
Sullivan, their first son, is named after her uncle, a priest.  Undaunted by Bernadette’s failure to have
more children, they adopt two African American babies, Tip and Teddy.  Bernadette’s death devastates her family,
leaving the children motherless.  Doyle
takes comfort in raising their sons, teaching them to be interested in the
world.  He devises trips to the seashore
and Walden Pond.  Doyle’s dearest wish is
for his sons to follow him into politics, to be passionate about making a
contribution to humanity.  One snowy
evening he drags his sons to hear a speech. 
Tip steps in front of a car and is pushed to safety by a woman.  She saves Tip but is seriously injured.  Their lives change forever.  Run is about family, belief, race relations,
and what we expect from each other.  I
liked this family.  Ann Patchett is
tremendously talented.

— Deon Stonehouse


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 cares about is his ability to keep his children—all his children—safe.

About the Author

ANN PATCHETT is the author of seven novels and three works of nonfiction. She is the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, England's Orange Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year, and was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl, and their dog, Sparky.

Praise For…

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