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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A small story with big emotional range...

Run has the cold, dark atmosphere of winter in Boston, and as such the setting reminded me of Benjamin Black's Christine Falls. All but one chapter of Run takes place in a short time frame (24 hours), and I would argue, is more successful in creating a tension and bring...
Run has the cold, dark atmosphere of winter in Boston, and as such the setting reminded me of Benjamin Black's Christine Falls. All but one chapter of Run takes place in a short time frame (24 hours), and I would argue, is more successful in creating a tension and bringing it to resolution.

The characterizations are interesting: young black men, adopted sons of the former mayor of Boston who is a white man, find their birth mother accidentally. The sons' voices are true to their upbringing. One can completely forget their black skins because their voices and sensibilities are wealthy white. The birth mother is raising a young girl, whose voice also seems unique and true. This group interacts in tentative, revealing ways as tragedy befalls them.

Run is an intimate novel resonant with emotional depth. If the novel feels "small" because of the short time frame, it also feels alive and precious, like a jewel in the hand. If one were to turn the story over in one's mind and hold it to the light, it might just refract and split with all the colors of a prism.

posted by TheReadingWriter on March 13, 2010

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Not Ann Patchett's best work

I am a huge fan of Ann Patchett. I absolutely hold Bel Canto up as one of my favorite books. In that work, she wove together so many characters and such a complex plot that it was breathtaking. I also have read her non-fiction work, Truth and Beauty about her friendshi...
I am a huge fan of Ann Patchett. I absolutely hold Bel Canto up as one of my favorite books. In that work, she wove together so many characters and such a complex plot that it was breathtaking. I also have read her non-fiction work, Truth and Beauty about her friendship with another writer. That was personal and intense. I thought Run was a light read and an OK story, but not as rich as her other work.

posted by Anonymous on September 20, 2008

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