A Novel

A novel of love, friendship, and survival set in the red light district of Athens in the 1980s.

By Cara Hoffman Read by Kate Handford Contemporary / Fiction / Literary / Suspense English, Unabridged Sell Sheet
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							Running brings together an ensemble of outsiders who get by as "runners"-hustlers who sell tourists on low-end accommodations for a small commission and a place to stay. Bridey Sullivan, a young American woman who has fled a peculiar and traumatic upbringing in Washington State, takes up with a queer British couple, the poet Milo Rollack and Eton drop-out Jasper Lethe. Slipping in and out of homelessness, addiction, and under-the-table jobs, they create their own kind of family as they struggle to survive. Whether in the red light district of Athens or the world of fire jumpers in the Pacific Northwest, we are always in a space of gorgeously wrought otherness. Running shows novelist Cara Hoffman to be writing at the peak of her craft.

"Hoffman is fearless and trusting of her readers, and her precise prose captures the novel's many settings-Greece, Washington State, New York City-and her characters' feelings and actions, vividly." - Booklist, Starred Review

"Beautiful and atmospheric...A haunting novel, original and deeply sad." - Kirkus Reviews

"Ms. Hoffman writes like a dream..." - Wall Street Journal

"Hoffman explores the lingering echoes of our young, passionate friendships through time." - Newsday

5 Books You Should Read in February "...[Hoffman] explores the dark, alluring intersections between love and survival." - Esquire

"Strange and shocking and sad—Hoffman's language is so deft and precise. I love the empathy with which she writes about the lives of outsiders, depicting the tenderness and fragility of their friendships so beautifully. Running is wonderful." - Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

"Hoffman impressively evokes the combination of nihilism, idealism, rootlessness, psychic and economic necessity, lust and love that might set a young person adrift...The book and the characters refuse to conform to type, and 'Running,' like all good outlaw literature, takes sharp aim at the contemporary culture's pervasive willingness to do so." - The New York Times

"This uncompromising, incendiary novel holds true to the same fierce commitments as its haunting, haunted characters: it follows risk beyond all rules, and makes a kind of meaning I haven't seen before. Caught between acts of radical violence and radical love, Hoffman's poets and con-men are lost souls with no interest in being found, a queer family bound by affinity and nerve. I fell in love with them, and with this ferocious, brilliant book." - Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

"Running is an unstoppable spark racing along a fuse. There is no escaping the heat, grime, or glittering promise of violence of Athens' underbelly, but the bond between three young drifters is infused with moments of transcendence. I devoured this beautiful book, and Hoffman's writing is a revelation." - Rae Meadows, author of I Will Send Rain

"Reading this novel was a conversion experience. I was immediately with the narrator, and I didn't care where we were going. Every sentence lit up with silver rain and smoke and the beauty of arriving in a foreign city and the defiance of needing almost nothing-and how strangely impossible it is when you lose that. Running is like taking a trip into a story you never knew you needed. You should take it, at once." - Alexander Chee, author of The Queen of the Night