The Long Run

The Long Run

A Novel

Book - 2006
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"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's never enough to eat, and the Catholic Brothers are harsh in their discipline. Here, a group of boys manage to look out for each other and live by their own set of rules. By day they are obedient students, but when the sun goes down, the Dare Klub rules the night: raiding the bakery; stealing sacramental wine; talking endlessly about girls, sex, and the merits of Floyd Patterson and Willie Mays. The club is the boys' law and their family, helping them to cope with the waves of loneliness and sadness that they all experience. Banding together, they devise to train for the annual St. John's marathon, but they mustn't be found out. Late at night the boys sneak out for running sessions, devising elaborate methods to keep the Brothers in the dark. In the book's final pages, the boys make it to the big race-the culmination of months of planning and hard physical effort-with a mixture of agony and joy" -- from the publisher (January 2007).
Publisher: Boston : Trumpeter ; [New York] : Distributed in the U.S. by Random House, 2006.
Edition: 1st Trumpeter ed.
ISBN: 9781590304112
159030411X
Branch Call Number: Fic Fure
Characteristics: 376 p. ; 23 cm.

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patienceandfortitude Jul 18, 2011

The Long Run is a wonderful novel, a well-written look at the lives of young orphan boys in Newfoundland. Leo Furey does a superb job of bringing the reader into the experience of the narrator and his friends. i found this book because it was recommended by a Friend of NYPL and I in turn would recommend it highly. I laughed, I cried, and I enjoyed every minute of reading this book.

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