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    Sep 2007, 304 pages
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    Jul 2008, 320 pages

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A novel about secrets, duty, responsibility, and the lengths we will go to protect our children; from the author of Bel Canto

"It is love, not reason that is stronger than death." - Thomas Mann.

Run seems uncomplicated at first glance, the structure deceptively simple. Through gravitational forces that exude from tragedy, Ms. Patchett gathers together within the same sphere the highly incongruent Doyle and Moser families. Socio-economic barriers between the two are thick, binding and one-sided. The space between their homes is within walking distance, but they may as well live on different planets.

Ms. Patchett knows that society has no qualms in accepting an Americanized caste system as a common norm when dealing with the upper echelons of the uber-rich and celebrities. Even the politically correct and socially conscious upper-middle class Doyle family who are filled with moral outrage over poverty tend to ignore or avoid everyday ...

Ann Patchett was born in Los Angeles in 1963 and raised in Nashville. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. In 1990, she won a residential fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars. It was named a New York Times Notable Book for 1992. This was followed by Taft in 1994 and The Magician's Assistant in 1997.

Her next novel, Bel Canto, won both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in 2002, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. It was named the Book Sense Book of the Year and has sold over a million copies in the United States and has been translated into thirty languages.

In 2004, Patchett published Truth & Beauty, a memoir of her ...

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