Every decade seems to produce a novel that captures the publicâ's imagination with a story that sweeps readers up and takes them on a thrilling, unforgettable ride. Ron McLartyâ's The Memory of Running is this decadeâ's novel. By all accounts, especially his own, Smithson â?Smithyâ? Ide is a loser. An overweight, friendless, chain-smoking, forty-three-year-old drunk, Smithyâ'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 parentsâ' 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.
â?Smithy is an American original, worthy of a place on the shelf just below your Hucks, your Holdens, your Yossarians.â? â?Stephen King
â?Endearing . . . itâ's a ride worth taking.â? â?USA Today
â?In The Memory of Running, professional actor and long aspiring novelist Ron McLarty has invented a character so fully and elegantly defined that the book soars with originality and life.â? â?San Francisco Chronicle
â?Captivating . . . McLarty unspools passage after passage of devastating grace and melancholy, and his taciturn hero hooks himself to your heart.â? â?Entertainment Weekly
Stephen King's endorsement of this debut novel propelled it to the top of the best-seller list. It's the story of fat, alcoholic, tobacco-addicted, and terminally hopeless Smithson Ide, known as Smithy, whose life is, to say the least, unsatisfactory. (He works in an action-toy factory.) Accidentally discovering that his beloved long-lost schizophrenic sister has died in L.A., and that her body is unclaimed, he journeys from New England out to the coast on his old bicycle. The cross-country trip changes Smithy in ways that include weight-loss, a tremendous surge of confidence, a romance, and the chance to show that he has a truly compassionate heart.
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- December 27, 2005
- December 27, 2005
- Ron McLarty