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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  39,382 ratings  ·  4,897 reviews
Full of warmth and humanity, 'Run' is a story about our fragile hopes and fears for our children and the lengths we will go to to protect our families.
Paperback, 343 pages
Published June 2nd 2008 by Bloomsbury UK (first published 2007)
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Ann I felt the characters were all rather superficial and the 'happy amilies' ending was totally unrealistic - they hadso much to talk about, and so many …moreI felt the characters were all rather superficial and the 'happy amilies' ending was totally unrealistic - they hadso much to talk about, and so many unresolved issues between them.(less)
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Jan And, if they found a picture of her with Tennessee, and blew it up, and put it next to the statue, why didn’t anyone notice the resemblance between he…moreAnd, if they found a picture of her with Tennessee, and blew it up, and put it next to the statue, why didn’t anyone notice the resemblance between her and Tip and Teddy?
But, I loved this book anyway.(less)
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Oct 27, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This may not be Ann Patchett's best book but it was certainly very readable and engaging. I found the ease with which the two black brothers grew up in a white household a little unlikely but at the same time it was nice not to have to be concerned for once with that issue. The neatness of the ending also did not reflect real life but then I thought so what? This is a story, a piece of fiction and it is very enjoyable to read. I even stayed up late to finish it! Four stars for giving me pleasure ...more
Oct 13, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yep, BEL CANTO is an incredibly difficult act to follow. (But you & I already knew that!) Case in point: this tepid helping of family drama, a tearjerker more reminiscent of Patchett’s first novel THE PATRON ST OF LIARS (which, just like this, gets my overly-enthusiastic *** out of *****). Again, themes like the family structure, the familiarity between perfect strangers, even quasi-religious miracles are explored (there is a priest with curative powers in RUN, a magic healing spring in PATRON S ...more
Feb 09, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, fiction
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
Rob McMonigal
Mar 01, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite Patchett but still read worthy. A fairly quiet story about Doyle a former Mayor of Boston, whose wife Bernadette has passed and left him to oversee their grown sons, who include free spirited Sullivan who was twelve years old when Tip and Teddy, two young black boys given up by their mother were adopted. Doyle is the kind of father who has high hopes for his sons and tends to be a bit pushy about what their life goals should be. But one night there is a tragic accident and a life ...more
Gregory Baird
Apr 19, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Dec 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lyn Elliott
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I wouldn't have picked up a book on the themes of this book left to my own devices, but this was the January book for my wonderful book club and I read all the way through, no skipping.
We had a deep and fascinating discussion about the long term emotional effects of adoption on relinquishing mothers and on children who had been given up for adoption; patterns of preference within families - which parent favoured which attributes of children; different ways parents exercise control over children
Molly Jones
Mar 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book just fine, did I love, no, but I liked it & I am glad I read it.
Ann has such a gentle way of writing, I love the flow of her words.

This is a story of family, & race & fate & running-as in actual running & running from something. ( or to something)
Several characters come together due to an accident during a snow storm. & we piece together how these people all connect with one another.

There was a pretty major twist in the story that I never saw coming.....

Like i said- I liked the
D.B. Woodling
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Other titles from this author
3.75 Stars

The biological father of only one of three sons, Bernard Doyle’s parental toolbox includes cunningness, detachment, and deception. Yet no one is more surprised as is Doyle when the boys grow up to mimic by example.

If Charles Dickens is window dressing, Patchett is foundation. In a single fluid sentence, she testifies Doyle’s grief after losing his wife Bernadette: “He was still expecting his wife to come down the stairs and ask him if he felt like splitting an orange.”

Doyle’s beautiful
Sep 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Paul Allor
Nov 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 16, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 29, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-fiction
A very good read. The prose is beautiful and the story was absorbing. Patchett has the remarkable ability to weave various narrations seamlessly. Not quite as passionate as Patchett's "Bel Canto," but still a wonderful book.
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
p.29 Doyle had a fondness for politicians when they weren't running for anything, when they were out of the game altogether.
p.66 She looked tired, average, not at all heroic.
p.149 It did not recede so much as hover, waxing and waning at different intervals but always there.

Run is an impressive story. The author tackles impossible topics: race relations, the definition of family, personal sacrifice. Although the subjects are deep, they are covered in a thorough manner.

The foundation of the story
Boston. Snowy and cold.

Tip and Teddy and their father, Doyle, goes to see a lecture together. While walking to the after party, Tip gets struck by a car. A lady named, Tennesse, throws herself to save Tip, but ends up badly injured herself, leaving her daughter, Kenya behind. What does Tip, Teddy, Doyle, Sullivan, Fr Sullivan, Tenesse and Kenya all have in common?

I absolutely loved Ann Patchett style of writing. The author is crisp, to the point and I had no problem in following the story along.
Nov 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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!
Dec 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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. ...more
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
Marissa Barbieri
Aug 19, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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?
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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."

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