Run by Ann Patchett

51RoLphZ8BLI had finally read Bel Canto last year, and I really wished I’d read it sooner. It was such an amazing work, and although I haven’t gotten around to reading anything else by her yet, I got the chance to read this one pretty soon after it came out. I expected something if not as good as Bel Canto, at least comparable, but I was disappointed.

It was a relatively quick read, but I found myself finishing the book just for the sake of finishing it. There was something about the pacing that bothered me that I can’t quite put my finger on, and I think that Patchett is capable of showing human connections that run much deeper than they did in this novel. As another reviewer stated, it felt as though she was only scratching the surface of these characters – they didn’t have nearly as much depth as they were capable of having.

Overall, the story was an interesting one, and it has a lot of potential to be a great novel – it just doesn’t quite get there.