Monday, February 16, 2009

Table of Contents: Run

Author: Ann Patchett
Publisher: Harper
Year: 2007
Synopsis: Run centers around two families. Bernard Doyle is an ex-mayor of Boston, and ten years after his wife's death, he's raised their three sons to adulthood. The oldest son, Sullivan, has been a disappointment to his father, but his two adopted black children, Tip and Teddy, have become good men, but they lack their father's desire to follow him into the political world. Tip is nearly run down on the street one evening, but he's saved by a black woman, Tennessee Moser, who pushes him out of the way and is instead hit by the vehicle. Her 11-year-old daughter, Kenya, has nowhere to stay while Tennessee is in the hospital, so the Doyles take her in. It turns out that the Mosers just lived blocks away from the Doyles, but it's a world of difference.

What Others Have to Say:
Washington Post
"...Patchett has given this one an ending that is just about perfect."

Boston Globe
"...the novel possesses an easy confidence..."

New York Times
"...shimmers with its author’s rarefied eloquence, and with the deep resonance of her insights."

The Independent
"[Patchett's]kind of practical magic comes from the emotional pitch she can inject into a scene involving three estranged people making coffee, her belief in the power of the happyish ending, and a faith in humanity that seems to be growing stronger with every book."

The Guardian
"...a book about good people who try to do their best by each other."

Entertainment Weekly
"...capable of lovely work, but there isn't a believable moment in this inert novel."

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