Jennifer Reese
October 01, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Run

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Leona Lewis
genre
Pop

We gave it a C

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

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