Adult Fiction MCLARTY
Summary: 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 McLartyÂs The Memory of Runningbecause, as Stephen King wrote in Entertainment Weekly(Stephen KingÂs ÂThe Pop of KingÂ column for Entertainment Weekly), ÂSmithy is an American original, worthy of a place on the shelf just below your Hucks, your Holdens, your Yossarians.ÂMeet Smithson ÂSmithyÂ 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 SmithyÂs own, heÂs a loser. But when SmithyÂs 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 AmericaÂwith stops in New York City, St. Louis, Denver, and Phoenix, to name a fewÂhe 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.McLartyÂs 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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Couch potato; on a cross-country bike journey to reclaim the body of his recently deceased older sister.