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A moving story of overlapping lives from the Orange Prize-winning author of Bel Canto

Tip and Teddy are becoming men under the very eyes of their adoptive father, Bernard Doyle. A student at Harvard, Tip is happiest in a lab, whilst Teddy thinks he has found his calling in the Church, and both are increasingly strained by their father's protective plans for them. But when they are involved in an accident on an icy road, the Doyles are forced to confront certain truths about their lives, how the death of Doyle's wife Bernadette has affected the family, and an anonymous figure who is always watching.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 25mm | 274g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New Edition
  • 1408885115
  • 9781408885116
  • 112,170

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'Enthralling ... It's a skilled piece of writing, a jigsaw narrative that leaps from one character to another with apparent seamlessness' Observer
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'Enthralling ... It's a skilled piece of writing, a jigsaw narrative that leaps from one character to another with apparent seamlessness' * Observer * 'A spectacular read ... Full of suspense, exciting and unpredictable, this is a novel that keeps you guessing until the end' -- Viv Groskop * Sunday Express * 'Her books are so warm, so overflowing with love and affection, that when you've finished reading one your first inclination is to embrace it' -- Patrick Ness * Guardian * 'Patchett's mastery means there are no slips on the ice for her readers ... It is a long time since I have read such a delicately nuanced novel, where the overall pleasure lies simply in reading an award-winning writer at the top of her game' * Sunday Telegraph * Patchett's novels are remarkable for their generosity of spirit and deep sympathy for their characters ... Covering issues of race and class, nurture and nature, Run is a touching exploration of America's melting pot * Sunday Times * Humane and sympathetic ... All the magic is in the way Patchett enables us to enter the lives of this group of people and to appreciate the kinship that runs through their society * Daily Telegraph * Deeply moving and absorbing ... Patchett has once again written an intelligent, thoughtful novel that oozes emotional intensity. She is the kind of storyteller who makes the reader sad to come to the last page * Financial Times * Patchett tells this complex story of inheritance and loss with accomplished ease -- Helen Dunmore * The Times * Engaging, touching and satisfying * Evening Standard * In deftly plotted, graceful prose, Patchett reflects on the binds of both family and community * Daily Mail * A gentle, finely observed book that stays with you long after you have finished it * Harper's Bazaar * Run is a novel with timeless concerns at its heart - class and belonging, parenthood and love ... The book is lovely to read and is satisfyingly bold in its attempt to say something patient and true about family -- Andrew O'Hagan
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About Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels and three non-fiction books. Both The Magician's Assistant and State of Wonder were shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, which she won with Bel Canto in 2002. She has won the PEN/Faulkner Award and been shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize, and her work has been translated into over thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Rating details

39,186 ratings
3.58 out of 5 stars
5 16% (6,124)
4 39% (15,454)
3 34% (13,386)
2 9% (3,517)
1 2% (705)
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