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Protagonist Kevin Schuler is a typically arrogant eighth-grader -- a self-proclaimed smart-ass egomaniac with a cute girlfriend and an astounding natural athletic ability -- which he uses, insouciantly, to excel at junior high track meets. Even at a young age, Kevin's name is known to coaches and administrators at institutions of higher learning in his native Missouri: Kevin is destined for track stardom, in spite of himself.
But after one track meet, the unthinkable happens. Kevin rides home in his parents' car, ahead of the school van carrying his team and coach, and the van never makes it back. It crashes off a bridge and into a river, and everyone aboard is killed, including Kevin's girlfriend.
Entering high school in a surreal fog of grief, Kevin's memory of the past six months is obliterated by his emotional turmoil. Running -- a skill he had taken for granted before the accident -- has now become a compulsion, and he breaks record after record. But his speed afoot contrasts markedly with the agonizing, gradual return of his memory, and his slow but resolute acceptance of himself as a survivor, an individual determined to be true to the very best in himself.
Debut novelist Jeremy Jackson has written a haunting yet gentle and truly wondrous novel of self-discovery, one that refuses to minimize the impact of sudden tragedy but ultimately celebrates a marvelous triumph of the nobility of the human spirit against formidable odds. (Summer 2002 Selection)