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Run by Ann Patchett
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Feb 25, 09

bookshelves: contemporary-lit
Read in October, 2007

I am an admirer of Ann Patchett and two of her previous works; Bel Canto and Patron Saint of Liars. Run contains many thematic similarities to her previous books but manages to approach them from a different perspective. All of Patchetts books present the reader with addictive tales about unusual and troubled characters forced by unexpected circumstances to confront and resolve compelling questions confronting them in their everyday lives.

Run is a story of intersecting destinies; an exquisite family portrait that examines aspects of love, loss, father/son relationships, religion, the black experience, political ethics, social responsibility and finally every child's quest for individual identity and their longing for parental love and approval.

Run is aptly titled since each character in this novel is running, either physically or metaphorically, toward or away from something in their lives.

Patchett's elegant prose and storytelling talent captures the subtle metamorphosis each character undergoes as well as offering the reader powerful insights into familial relationships.

This is a tale that completely involves the reader in the lives of its characters, who feel like family and continued to live on in your memory long after the last page has been turned.
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