2008: 13. Run

“Bernadette had been dead two weeks when her sisters showed up in Doyle’s living room asking for the statute back.”

Run, Ann Patchett

I am a huge fan of Ann Patchett - The Patron Saint of Liars  was one of my favorite books of 2006, and I enjoyed The Magician’s Assistant, and Truth and Beauty so much (though actually, Bel Canto wasn’t my favorite - maybe I need to give it a re-read) that of course I bought Run in hardcover! And I tore through it, and enjoyed it so.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the book is set in Boston, which is the city to which my heart rests lately.*  

Run tells the story of Doyle, the former mayor of Boston, and his sons Sullivan, Tip and Teddy, both biological and adopted, and what happens when a chance encounter with a stranger with a connection to their past changes their lives forever.  But it’s really a story about family, and death, and survival, and race (the adopted boys are black), and who we are, and what our past matters, and about love.  It is a grand story in my favorite tradition - how regular flawed people deal with the extraordinary situations that life offers.  What A Spot of Bother tried to do, but didn’t quite succeed at, I think, as that novel was enjoyable despite its cliches, and this rises above so that cliche is not even a part of it - just life.

*Or, you know “lately”

Date/Place Completed: 1/21/08, Flying to Boston

Categories: Fiction

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