Book Review: Run

Run by Ann Patchett

I was mesmerized by Patchett's breakthrough novel, Bel Canto, so I was eager to read her newest fiction addition.

This novel takes place over the course of 24 hours, chronicling how several lives can intersect in an instant. It revolves around Tip and Teddy, two black brothers given up for adoption and adopted by the Doyles, a rich white family. Also a part of this story is a good Samaritan with a secret, a young girl with promise and the swiftest of feet, the forgotten biological son and an elderly uncle, as well as the overprotective father.

This is not an action-packed novel, but rather a slow, measured character study filled with lovely prose and striking images. Though you know how it will end, you will enjoy the journey to get there - I really found myself wanting to read more about this unorthodox family...

This is a difficult novel to summarize, but it's well worth the read - particularly if you enjoyed Bel Canto.


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