Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What We're Reading: Run

It has been a couple years since I read Ann Patchett's Bel Canto. It is one of those books that cause euphoria and anguish all at once, because with the ending comes the grim reality: "Well, it can't get much better than this. Now what?" If you haven't yet read this magical, gorgeously written novel, you should probably stop reading this review and find a copy to devour. (Important: not literally.) This is why I was so happy when I found a copy of Run on our new book shelves. It is the story of two families whose paths collide after a tragedy. In the process, they come to find out how their past and their future are in fact inextricably linked. Patchett is a master of character development and what I like to call a "quiet urgency". In both Bel Canto and Run you get the feeling that the story is not going to end altogether happily and it becomes your mission to prove yourself wrong. However, there's a sweetness too and, in the face of sadness, hope that life can go on. While the book started a little slow it quickly found its stride. For availability and a more detailed summary, please follow the link above. It is also available as a CD audiobook.

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