The Long Run: A Novel

The Long Run: A Novel

by Leo Furey
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The Long Run: A Novel by Leo Furey

From a hill above town, the Mount Kildare Orphanage for Boys looks down on the small city of St. John’s, Newfoundland. The year is 1960. The orphanage is always cold, there is never enough to eat, and the Catholic Brothers who run the home are heavy-handed in their religious discourses and harsh in their discipline. Here, a group of boys manages to look out for each other and live by their own set of rules.By day the boys are obedient students, but when the sun goes down the Dare Klub rules the night: raiding the bakery; stealing sacramental wine; and talking endlessly about girls, sex, and the merits of Floyd Patterson versus Willie Mays. Above all, they help each other through the waves of loneliness and sadness that they all experience. Their secret society is their law and their family. But when the Brothers discover the wine is missing, they go on a manhunt, offering payoffs and bribes to any boy who will rat out the culprits.To buck up the frightened boys’ courage, the Dare Klub’s leader, Blackie, creates a program of secret training for the annual St. John's marathon. The boys sneak out at night for running sessions in the hours before morning prayers, devising elaborate rituals to protect their secrecy. Leo Furey has created a classic coming-of-age story of dazzling scope and powerful insight, leavened with razor-sharp wit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780834826366
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 10/09/2007
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 994,293
File size: 565 KB

About the Author

Leo Furey's poetry, stories, and reviews have appeared in several literary journals. An English teacher for twenty-five years, he is currently executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation.

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Long Run 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Haven't finished book yet. Tried to get into it 2-3 times. I am a fast reader, but this one is not holding my interest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I didn't want it to end, but was just a little disappointed because it left a few unanswered questions. Highly recommended. Maybe a follow up novel?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorite pieces of fiction I've read this year! The characters were phenomenal! I loved every one of them (baring in mind this includes those I loved to hate)! Read it! You won't regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will never experience a more powerful story. Read it. Laugh and cry. It's a wonderful wonderful read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful novel. Furey's writing was so real and moving, I completely understood what these boys were going through and my heart broke for them. I would have preferred that the ending be a little more wrapped up - there's still some unanswered questions for me but I would highly recommend the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of debut novels. I love to give new writers a chance and see if they can bring something new to fiction. I just found it to be boring and non eventful. Furey is a good writer but just needs more focus for a strong story-line. Ran out of steam (and enthusiasm to finish).