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The memory of running

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Once in a great while, a story comes along that has everything: plot, setting, and, most important of all, the kind of characters that sweep readers up and take them on a thrilling, unforgettable ride. Well, get ready for Ron McLarty’s The Memory of Runningbecause, as Stephen King wrote in Entertainment Weekly(Stephen King’s “The Pop of King” column for Entertainment Weekly), “Smithy is an American original, worthy of a place on the shelf just below your Hucks, your Holdens, your Yossarians.”Meet Smithson “Smithy” Ide, an overweight, friendless, chain-smoking, forty-three-year-old drunk who works as a quality control inspector at a toy action-figure factory in Rhode Island. By all accounts, including Smithy’s own, he’s a loser. But when Smithy’s life of quiet desperation is brutally interrupted by tragedy, he stumbles across his old Raleigh bicycle and impulsively sets off on an epic journey that might give him one last chance to become the person he always wanted to be. As he pedals across America—with stops in New York City, St. Louis, Denver, and Phoenix, to name a few—he encounters humanity at its best and worst and adventures that are by turns hilarious, luminous, and extraordinary. Along the way, Smithy falls in love and back into life.McLarty’s novel has already received significant attention for its unusual genesis as an audiobook. Now, in a major publishing event, Viking heralds the arrival of a major new voice in American fiction with his stunning debut, The Memory of Running.
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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.

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subject_facet Adventure stories, American
Cycling -- Fiction
Life change events -- Fiction
Loss (Psychology) -- Fiction
McLarty, Ron -- Interviews
Middle aged men -- Fiction
Overweight men -- Fiction
Parents -- Death -- Fiction
Psychological fiction, American
Road fiction
Self-actualization (Psychology) -- Fiction
Sisters -- Death -- Fiction
Travelers -- Fiction
United States -- Description and travel
title_display The memory of running
title_full The Memory of Running
The memory of running / Ron McLarty
The memory of running / by Ron McLarty
title_short The memory of running
topic_facet Adventure stories, American
Description and travel
Humor (Fiction)
Life change events
Loss (Psychology)
McLarty, Ron
Middle aged men
Overweight men
Psychological fiction, American
Self-actualization (Psychology)