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The Memory of Running
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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.
Genre: Humorous
Published: Jan 2006
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN13: 9780143036685
ISBN10: 0143036688
Pages: 358