THE MEMORY OF RUNNING
"Endearing...it's a ride
"Riders who hop onto the back of Smithy Ide's bike and ride America with him will cherish the journey. I loved this sad, funny, life-affirming novel."
"The Memory of Running,
professional actor and long aspiring novelist Ron McLarty has invented a character so fully and elegantly
defined that the book soars with originality and
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"The two narrative lines are funny, strange, heartbreaking and beautiful. Mr. McLarty writes with warmth and depth, inviting his readers into Smith's world and making them comfortable there."
WALL STREET JOURNAL
"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."
"[A] story narrated so clearly inside a reader's head that she can just settle back for the ride, escaping the daily grind."
"Captivating novel...McLarty unspools passage after
passage of devastating grace and melancholy, and
his taciturn hero hooks
himself to your heart."
"It's an exhilarating ride"
"A funny, poignant...debut that aims, like its
protagonist to please."
"[A] moving debut novel."
fullbodied, deepsouled first novel that is
both melancholy and masterly."
THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL