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


"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.

About the Author

ANN PATCHETT is the author of seven novels, The Patron Saint of LiarsTaftThe Magician’s AssistantBel CantoRunState of Wonder, and Commonwealth. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written three books of nonfiction, Truth & Beauty, about her friendship with the writer, Lucy Grealy, What now? an expansion of her graduation address at Sarah Lawrence College, and, most recently, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, a collection of essays.


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.