The Memory of Running

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Publisher Description

"Smithy is an American original, worthy of a place on the shelf just below your Hucks, your Holdens, your Yossarians." —Stephen King

Every so often, a novel comes along that captures the public’s imagination with a story that sweeps readers up and takes them on a thrilling, unforgettable ride. Ron McLarty’s The Memory of Running is this decade’s novel. By all accounts, especially his own, Smithson "Smithy" Ide is a loser. An overweight, friendless, chain-smoking, forty-three-year-old drunk, Smithy’s life becomes completely unhinged when he loses his parents and long-lost sister within the span of one week. Rolling down the driveway of his parents’ house in Rhode Island on his old Raleigh bicycle to escape his grief, the emotionally bereft Smithy embarks on an epic, hilarious, luminous, and extraordinary journey of discovery and redemption.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2004
December 29
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
368
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
1.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Willaguna ,

So Captivating

So many novels begin with the obligatory roll-call of characters, lost in a world familiar and strange. Strange, for the forced way we, the reader, are asked to believe in chaos as a fashionable alternative to the boring aspects of everyday life.

This is not the case with The Memory of Running. A mix of Forrest Gump, Beans of Egypt Maine and The World According to Garp, The Memory of Running is a timeless story of a man running from the hurt that frames his life and those close to him.

Perky too ,

The Memory of Running

A wonderful story of a family that struggles with more than just the average family problems. Colorful characters, interesting situations, painful at times, humorous, and altogether a great read. It would make a good book club choice.

Radvino ,

Gamer@50

Awful, unbelievable book. Main character was a strange man who never corrected people letting them always assume the worse. I know it was fiction but we really were to buy a fat alcoholic jumps on a bike and rides cross the US?
Wanted to like it but just couldn't.

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