Sunday, May 19, 2013

Run by Ann Patchett

This is the story of the Doyle family. Bernard and Bernadette get married and want a family.  They have a son Sullivan but no others.  When Sullivan is 12, they adopt a baby boy they name Teddy.  Then a few days later they get a call from the adoption agency.  Bernadette thinks the mother has changed her mind.  The mother wants them to take her older son too.  She does not want the boys separated. The family welcomes Tip. Twenty years later, Bernadette passed away years ago and Bernard has raised the boys himself. Tip, Teddy and Bernard go to hear Jesse Jackson.  Bernard loves politics and hew ants the boys to follow him and also learn about their hertitage because they are black.  The Doyle are white.  After the speech, it's starts snowing like crazy. Tip crosses the street and does not see the car coming.  A woman pushes him out of the way and she gets hit by the car.  He just hurts his ankle.  Who is this woman!  Her young daughter is standing there.  They find out that the woman is the mother of Tip and Teddy and the girl is their sister, Kenya.  The men open their heart and Kenya fits right in!

I enjoyed this story and felt for all of the characters.  It is well written.

Description from the author's site:
Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving, possessive and ambitious father. As the former Mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see his sons in politics, a dream the boys have never shared. But when an argument in a blinding New England snowstorm inadvertently causes an accident that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard Doyle cares about is his ability to keep his children, all his children, safe.
Set over a period of 24 hours, Run takes us from the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard to a home for retired Catholic priests in downtown Boston. It shows us how worlds of privilege and poverty can coexist only blocks apart from one another, and how family can include people you've never even met. As in her best selling novel Bel Canto, Ann Patchett illustrates the humanity that connects disparate lives, weaving several stories into one surprising and endlessly moving narrative. Suspenseful and stunningly executed, Run is ultimately a novel about secrets, duty, responsibility, and the lengths we will go to protect our children.

For an excerpt, click here.

Pages: 295

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