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The Memory of Running

(2004)
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Smithson Ide's life so far has led him nowhere. He's 43 years old, weighs 279 pounds, and keeps himself numb with food and alcohol. His only emotional ties are to his parents and to the memory of his older sister, Bethany, who has been missing for 20 years. Then his parents die in a car crash and he learns of Bethany's death in LA County. Suddenly there isn't enough beer in the world to keep Smithy from his feelings. Drunk and bereft, he takes his old Raleigh bicycle and starts cycling. Once he starts, he can't stop and then he's riding across America to recover his sister. Along the way he meets all sorts of people who help or hinder him. He hears the confession of a priest, he rescues a boy from a snow storm, he has a gun pointed in his face, he's hit by a truck and helps a man dying of AIDS. Smithy's ride is an extraordinary quest, to rediscover the past and memories of Bethany, but it's also his journey back to life.


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Praise for this book

"This is a book that can do more than walk; it has a chance to be a breakout bestseller... Smithy is an American original, worthy of a place on the shelf just below your Hucks, your Holdens, your Yossarians." - Stephen King


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November 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Memory of Running (Charnwood Large Print)
Author(s): Ron McLarty
ISBN: 1-84617-044-3 / 978-1-84617-044-7 (UK edition)
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March 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Memory of Running
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February 2005 : UK Hardback

Title: The Memory Of Running
Author(s): Ron McLarty
ISBN: 0-356-24071-1 / 978-0-356-24071-8 (UK edition)
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February 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Memory Of Running
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December 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Memory of Running: A Novel
Author(s): Ron McLarty
ISBN: 0-670-03363-4 / 978-0-670-03363-8 (USA edition)
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July 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Memory Of Running
Author(s): Ron McLarty
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January 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Memory Of Running
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December 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Memory of Running
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ISBN: 0-14-303668-8 / 978-0-14-303668-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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1961 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Memory of Running
Author(s): Francis Somerville
ISBN: 0-316-72974-4 / 978-0-316-72974-1 (USA edition)
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1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Memory of Running
Author(s): Ron McLarty
ISBN: 0-7394-5534-6 / 978-0-7394-5534-0 (USA edition)
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2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Memory of Running
Author(s): Ron McLarty
ISBN: 0-7887-5194-8 / 978-0-7887-5194-3 (USA edition)
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2005 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Memory of Running
Author(s): Ron McLarty
ISBN: 1-84505-388-5 / 978-1-84505-388-8 (UK edition)
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December 2004 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Memory of Running
Author(s): Ron McLarty
ISBN: 1-4025-9429-1 / 978-1-4025-9429-8 (USA edition)
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January 2004 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Memory of Running
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Title: The Memory of Running
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January 2004 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Memory of Running
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August 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Memory of Running
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ISBN: 0-7887-6904-9 / 978-0-7887-6904-7 (USA edition)
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1999 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Memory of Running
Author(s): Ron McLarty
ISBN: 0-7887-4391-0 / 978-0-7887-4391-7 (USA edition)
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Title: The Memory Of Running
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December 2005 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Memory of Running
Author(s): Ron McLarty
Publisher: Penguin Books
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