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“This tender, piercingly beautiful story of motherless children weaves together big themes such as the notion of what constitutes family, race, politics, and the responsibility to self vs. community. Patchett is wonderful at sketching perfect vignettes of quiet humanity and grace in the simple act of connection. Book groups will find much to discuss here; this is a completely satisfying read.”
— Michele Lonergan, Tree House Books, Holland, MI


Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving, possessive, and ambitious father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see his sons in politics, a dream the boys have never shared. But when an argument in a blinding New England snowstorm inadvertently causes an accident that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard cares about is his ability to keep his children all his children safe.

About the Author

Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and three books of nonfiction. She has won many prizes, including Britain's Orange Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books.

Praise For…

“Ann Patchett can be counted on to deliver novels rich in imaginative bravado and psychological nuance.”
-Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061340642
ISBN-10: 0061340642
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: August 2008
Pages: 295
Language: English