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Ann Patchett
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Andrew O'Hagan's novel Be Near Me has just been published by Harcourt. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Two families come together in a traffic accident during a snowstorm. Nothing terribly unusual there, except that a woman has purposely thrown herself under a car to protect a stranger. It quickly becomes clear that the families-a poor, single black mother with her 11-year-old daughter and a white, Irish Catholic, former Boston mayor with a biological son and two adopted black college-aged sons whose much-loved wife died over 20 years ago-have a connection. The award-winning Patchett (Bel Canto) here presents an engrossing and enjoyable novel. While there are a few unexpected turns, the reader very quickly figures out where the plot is headed, but that does not detract from the pleasure of reading. The somewhat unusual premise is presented very matter-of-factly; this is not a story about race but about family and the depths of parents' love of their children, whether biological, adopted, given away, or otherwise acquired, and of each other. Recommended for most collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/07.]-Sarah Conrad Weisman, Corning Community Coll. Lib., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Bernard Doyle
Bernadette's husband; has one son; adopted two blacks kids, Teddy and Tip; actively involved in politics; lost his wife when Teddy and Tip were four.

Single mother
Hospitalized from being struck by a car after pushing Bernard's son out of the way; daughter is sent to stay with the Doyle's.

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