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Run by Ann Patchett
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Nov 30, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: People who like snow, or running, or families, or good books.
Read in January, 2007

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 was Michael Jackson's next album after Thriller? Picasso's next painting after Guernica?

Anyway, Run is a fantastic read, and has a lot to say about the families we're given versus the families we build. Particularly wonderful is an opening section that tells a tale that took place in Ireland and has been handed down through the generations. Patchett's novels often feel like modern-day fables, and this one is no exception.
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