Running with Buffalo

Running with Buffalo

by Michael Farrell


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Joseph P. Cahan doesn't want much.
The recent college grad wants to see his first published story en route to a writing career. He wants to pursue this path in his New York hometown, aside his Irish family and life-long friends who live for football, stout and the Stones. He wants to move on from a tumultuous Dylan-soundtracked romance that had to end. It's not much-but he wants it all.
Unfortunately, in the nine months following his 2001 graduation, Cahan finds these seemingly simplistic desires not so easy to realize.
Told through the voice of an idealistic Cahan, Running with Buffalo is about understanding a present that longs for the past, while perpetually trying to figure out an uncertain and frightening future. It's a humorous and heartfelt testimonial about life's fearsome complexities, unanticipated changes, and the simple truths that could quell the intensity of it all. It's about the uneven journey to find a place to call home.
And for Cahan, it's about running with Buffalo.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989622059
Publisher: No Frills Buffalo
Publication date: 09/28/2013
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Michael Farrell was born in Buffalo, New York and raised in nearby Hamburg, Michael Farrell worked as a reporter for the Boston Herald from 2004 to 2012. He earned an MFA from Pine Manor College's Solstice Program in 2010.

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Running with Buffalo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of today's generation of ADD-addled young adults has been told too many times since the year 2000. I wouldn't have picked up this book if I thought, instead of a sprinkle, this was the main substance of it. But, a story to dispel the idiotic perception of a region of residents so maligned in popular discussion, written off as ONLY a community of frozen chicken wing lovers who suffer through endless winters and tragic sports franchises? I'd read that, and I did--and loved it. Farrell not only tells the story of a confused and idealistic Buffalonian in his early 20s, searching for meaning in a life conflicted by wants and necessity. He exudes the passion this area's displaced natives and residents have for a beautiful, welcoming, and historic region largely known to the rest of the US as a punch-line for snow jokes and Super Bowl losses. In this novel, many non-Buffalonians will have the chance to see a little of their hometown in Buffalo, New York, and this can only be good for the reader. Everyone should be so lucky to have a hometown like Buffalo. After you read this book, you'll surprisingly agree.