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Run

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  24,075 ratings  ·  3,590 reviews

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

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Published (first published January 1st 2007)
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Frank
Apr 21, 2008 Frank rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: A gas-powered woodchipper
This claptrap pile of PC bullshit was built for Oprah's Book Snub. Sainted mothers come in black and white; issues of race and grief receive a sponge-over paint job that would make Bob Ross' happy little tree's wilt and die. Matchstick characters are globbed together with gooey dialogue that spills from their cardboard souls.

Everybody's so goddamned pious, righteous and waxen that you pray for an axe-wielding murderer to crop up and start hacking the shit out of these uber-annoying stick figure
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Yulia
how can i put this? this was a horrendous book, painfully targeted to the oprah book club readers of the world and oh so politically-correct, with one-sided characters that can be summed up with one adjective (tip was the serious one, teddy the sweet one) and who are allowed to express contrary thoughts only once to show there may be more to them than is shown by patchett ("shut the fuck up about the coffee," as kenya thinks out of the blue, to show she is a human after all). after reading "bel ...more
Erin
I just finished reading "Run" last week. I loved "Bel Canto", so I was excited about the new book. I even bought it new in hardcover and everything. I started reading it, despite being in the middle of "Musicophilia" by Oliver Sacks. I tore through the book. All I wanted to do was go home and read.

It is one of those books that reveals the sadness that lies right underneath happiness. It makes me think something about how rich and beautiful life can be although our lives may not be lives we woul
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John
As an admitted Anne Patchett fan, this is the third novel of hers that I have read. I had the good fortune to start her work with Bel Canto, which stands up respectably against some of my other all time favorites. Although this was still an enjoyable read, it did not leave me with the breathless appreciation of wonder that Bel Canto did.

Run, told in the third person from the perspective of several characters takes place during a 24 hour period of time on a stormy snowy Boston night. What Patch
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Gregory Baird
Apr 24, 2008 Gregory Baird rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Jodi Picoult
Ann Patchett’s “Run” explores the concepts of race, religion, class and, most importantly, family through the eyes of a pair of families over a twenty-four hour period. First are the Doyles: Bernard, the patriarch and former mayor of Boston; his biological son, Sullivan, whose grief over his deceased mother has caused him to descend into perpetual screw-up status; Teddy, the black son that he adopted after his now departed wife was unable to have any more children; and Tip, Teddy’s biological ol ...more
Sara
My response to Ann Patchett's writing is very mixed. Bel Canto is one of my all-time favorite books; The Magician's Assistant is one of the worst books I've ever read. I'd have to classify Run as somewhere in between. I was interested enough in the story line to finish reading it in a couple of days--I wanted to see where she was going with it, and how it would end up. I must say there were several good plot twists, and at least one as it unfolded was completely unexpected. Unfortunately, the ch ...more
Trebro
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Johnny
Sep 12, 2008 Johnny rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOBODY!
This was so bad. (Sorry Janet!) I really don't understand how the same person who wrote Bel Canto wrote this. Oh man it was the definition of trite. As an adoptive parent, I probably took greater offense at the tired old storyline that biological parents are out there just yearning and searching for the children they gave up so many years before, but here it just bordered on completely idiotic. Patchett so clearly wanted to write this book about the great racial divide but it just comes across s ...more
Kate
One out of the park for me - a complete surprise. It was a book club read that others had finished before I started, foolishly I read some of the comments and what I read was not encouraging. I started reading, thinking it was likely to be similar to Bel Canto which I found okayish but not memorable - although I now see that I gave it four stars.

it serves me right for pre-empting things! Seriously wow!

I am considering another star but will wait and see what further reflection brings. Run reson
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Molly Jones
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JBradford
My eldest and I had agreed to read some real books this summer—something pother than bodice rippers for her, something other than detective mysteries for me. But we didn’t. We were also going to reread some books of old, such as A Tale of Two Cities. But we didn’t. I dutifully downloaded it to my Nook reader, but I never opened the Nook all summer. Maybe all of that was behind my decision to take this book off the library shelf while I was looking for the next Sarah Paretsky novel. Or maybe I th ...more
D'Anne
Let me start off by saying I don't usually "do" books on tape (or, in this case, CD). "Do" being the audio book listener's lingo for "read." But I have a long commute these days and figure I might as well spend it catching up on reading I would be doing if I wasn't behind the wheel.

Let me next say that I am a huge fan of Ann Patchett. I have read all of her books and when I learned that Run was coming out I wanted to "run" right out and get it. With school and teaching I haven't had a lot of tim
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Paul Allor
Nov 30, 2007 Paul Allor rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like snow, or running, or families, or good books.
I had a little trouble deciding whether to give this book three stars or four, but then I realized I was letting my expectations interfere. This book was good -- really good -- and if it had been written by an unknown author there'd be no question of giving it four stars. But instead it was written by the exquisite Ann Patchett, and was her first book after Bel Canto, an absolute masterpiece. So, of course it suffers in comparison. I imagine this is a common problem in art. Answer quick: What wa ...more
Karen
I have to preface this review by saying that I loved Ann Patchett's Bel Canto so I may just be a big fan of her particular style of writing. With that said, I loved this book. The characters were interesting and the story was developed and complicated (but not annoyingly so). I really enjoyed that most of the book takes place in a period of 24 hours; it really increases the urgency and drama of the plot. I also respected that I couldn't predict all of the events that happened, not all of them go ...more
Clara
This book was excellent. First of all I LOVE Ann Patchett. I think she is quite possibly one of the best writers of my generation, she has this amazing ability to make you totally invested in her characters. And, she is the only writer who has ever made me cry actual tears of sadness. And for those of you who know me, this is a huge feat... I never cry.

This book definitely lived up to my expectations and I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes well written and moving fiction. Just read i
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Rachel
In Anne Patchett’s literary world people are open to one and other in ways that we, in real life, are not. This is not a criticism of her work, but rather my favorite thing about her writing. Reading a novel by Anne Patchett, you can expect to find beautifully written prose about odd, interesting circumstances featuring characters from many walks of life. But you will also find that it fulfills the same emotional yearning as reading, say, Harry Potter. One of the major pleasures of reading Harry ...more
Kristen
I was really very happy to see that Ann Patchett had written a new novel and I just ate this one up. There's so much involved in it - family, politics.... death, religion. It takes place over 24 hours and its just amazing. The characterization is astounding, as is in most of Patchett's novels. You can really see the characters as real people. I just really loved this book. I feel like sending Patchett a letter begging her to write more. Guess I will just have to settle for reading some older nov ...more
Joanna
This book sucked me in from the first page. I stayed up late after a not-quite-long-enough-flight to finish reading it. The writing is smart and the premise fascinating. Just the right mix of family drama and political implications. Definitely a little far fetched at times...one too many coincidences...and one near-death hallucination I could do without to add yet another twist to this windy road. But as always, Patchett's prose is lyrical without ever being overly wordy and a delight to read!
Alida
Bel Canto clearly a tough act to follow.
Snotchocheez
I had to ratchet the rating down a star for this one...the more I thought about it, the more I felt like the initial enjoyment I got from this was novel was more a result of my being a willing "choir-boy" being preached to than it inherently being any good.

I think I was at first taken in by Ms. Patchett's wildly imaginative (if not a tad contrived) storytelling. It kept me consistently engaged, trying to connect the dots for its protagonists and keeping up with Ms Patchett's flights of whimsy; i
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Xysea
Nov 23, 2008 Xysea rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ann Patchett fans, but only by way of contrast to Bel Canto
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Ruth
Dec 26, 2009 Ruth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my family
Wow. This isn't a perfect book (because the child protagonist & her mom are a bit too perfect), but I couldn't put it down. It's so beautifully written, & the characters' struggles engrossed me utterly. Partly because adoption has been a major theme in my family of origin, but largely because Patchett succeeds in making this fictional family matter to me.
Laura
As usual, Patchett's character development was superb so I guess I can excuse one glaring editing error (there is no 500 meter event in track and field!).
Trish
Run has the cold, dark atmosphere of winter in Boston, and as such the setting reminded me of Benjamin Black's Christine Falls. All but one chapter of Run takes place in a short time frame (24 hours), and I would argue, is more successful in creating a tension and bringing it to resolution.

The characterizations are interesting: young black men, adopted sons of the former mayor of Boston who is a white man, find their birth mother accidentally. The sons' voices are true to their upbringing. On
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Jane
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Lucy
With a title like Run, I was expecting an action packed plot. Unless you consider multi-race family drama, parental expectation, adoption and inheritance conflict action packed, the title is a tad misleading.

Tip and Teddy Doyle, African-American biological brothers, are adopted into a upper class Irish-catholic political family in Boston (their father, Bernard Doyle, was the current mayor of Boston when the adoption took place) when Teddy was an infant and Tip was only eighteen months old. Their
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Ashley
I had finally read Bel Canto last year, and I really wished I'd read it sooner. It was such an amazing work, and although I haven't gotten around to reading anything else by her yet, I got the chance to read this one pretty soon after it came out. I expected something if not as good as Bel Canto, at least comparable, but I was disappointed.
It was a pretty quick read, but I found myself finishing the book just for the sake of finishing it. There was something about the pacing that bothered me th
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Danika
I am a HUGE Ann Patchett fan. Hate to say it, but I was disappointed in this book. I enjoyed it, and it's a great story. Not least of which because one of the main characters is a phenomenal runner. But it doesn't hold a candle to "Bel Canto". There just isn't the same level of complexity and depth. I still recommend reading it, but it is not in the same league as some of her other books.
Marissa Barbieri
We read advanced reader's copies of this for my bookgroup (it comes out in October, I think) and it sucked. I'd go into the particluars, but my brain refuses to revisit such a bold affront to good literature.

PS I don't like that one star means I didn't like it. Can't I give it, like, a big red X or something?
Jessica Lave
I read this book for the February book club at my local library. Actually, I listened to it--this was my first audiobook!

The story centers around two families, and how their worlds collide one fateful night after a political speech and a wintry car accident. Tip and his brother Teddy were adopted by Doyle, who has another son of his own, Sullivan. They're a good Irish Catholic, political Boston family. Kenya and her mother, Tennessee, cross paths because Tennessee is also the boys' mother, and s
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Patchett was born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother is the novelist Jeanne Ray.

She moved to Nashville, Tennessee when she was six, where she continues to live. Patchett said she loves her home in Nashville with her doctor husband and dog. If asked if she could go any place, that place would always be home. "Home is ...the stable window that opens out into the imagination."

Patchett attended hi
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