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From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review from Discover Great New Writers
Dickens may be peerless in his depictions of London's slums and their unfortunate inhabitants, and Frank McCourt unforgettable for his poignant account of a poverty-stricken Irish childhood, but Furey's laudable debut carves out new territory in the lives of those who suffer misfortune.
In 1960, "the Mount", an orphanage for boys atop the hill town of St. John's, Newfoundland, is home to a ragtag and motley group. Foundlings, orphans, and "half-orphans" make their way here, possessing little but hopelessness; they leave, years later, without much more. The Christian Brothers display scant mercy to their unfortunate charges and run the home with an iron hand, dispensing their own version of divine justice. But a group of boys band together to form the "Dare Klub," with a code of conduct as rigid as the Church's canon. Together, they plunder the home's kitchen and steal the sacramental wine. Such childish pranks, however, are just a prelude to their grandest endeavor -- the annual St. John's marathon. Secretly training in the wee hours, devising elaborate lies to protect their activity, the boys run for happiness and survival in a climate that is harsh in more ways than one. Lonely and afraid, their childhood lost, they run to escape the sadness that has become so familiar, determined to find a measure of joy.
Antic, painful, and wickedly funny, The Long Run is a coming-of-age story seasoned with grit, pathos, and uncommon insight. (Spring 2007 Selection)