RUN by Ann Patchett
by Monica Drahonovsky
RUN invites you into a Boston family. The father is a former mayor of Boston and the devoted husband of a lovely wife who is present from the beginning to end in the lives of her beloved husband and offspring. They have three sons.
You will be captivated by Bernadette. She is charming, lovable and an excellent mother and individual. She loves her family; she’s their rock. Her extended family also plays a significant part in the tale.
The weather is horrible in Boston and becomes part of the story as does the family’s interest in politics and education. The father has favorites and is not good at spreading warmth and love. Bernadette was so good at spreading unconditional love to her family.
You will not be able to put this book down. Catholicism is front and center. This is a Catholic family. Of course there is lots of guilt, angst, and warmth. The minute the reader is angry with Sullivan, Tip or Teddy (brothers), the father or Kenya will tame the angst. Then the situation turns back again the other way. However, there is always love and a sense of family first.
Take a chance and read this lovely, fast-paced novel that deals with the past, the future and everything in between. You will experience the emotion of the family and enjoy this read. Get to the library today.
Monica Reads is InDepthNH.org’s latest column. It is written by Monica Drahonovsky who is known for her love of history and her lifelong love for reading. She has a bachelor’s degree in History, with a minor in English, along with teaching credentials. “My years of reading for leisure and pleasure have given me the insight to read a book and analyze the author’s baggage, cargo and ability to write the language of his/her mind and utilize the gift of prose to educate and entertain the reader. Go get a book, read it and enjoy the adventure.” Contact Monica at firstname.lastname@example.org.