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Run Ann Patchett is capable of lovely work, but there isn't a believable moment in this inert novel. Doyle, a white former Boston mayor, has taken his two...RunFiction Ann Patchett is capable of lovely work, but there isn't a believable moment in this inert novel. Doyle, a white former Boston mayor, has taken his two...2007-10-01HarperCollins
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Run

Genre: Fiction; Author: Ann Patchett; Publisher: HarperCollins

Ann Patchett is capable of lovely work, but there isn’t a believable moment in this inert novel. Doyle, a white former Boston mayor, has taken his two adopted African-American sons, Tip and Teddy, to hear Jesse Jackson speak. (Unfortunately, Patchett seems hesitant to even acknowledge the complications of a mixed-race family.) Leaving the event, Tip is almost hit by a car, but a stranger saves him. At least the Doyles think she’s a stranger. Secret relationships are revealed, implausible new ones develop, and there’s even a ghost in Run. The loopy plot is so contrived it’s hard to know what you want for these characters. It’s even harder to care. C