Monday, March 12, 2007

The Long Run by Leo Furey

The "Long Run" is laugh-out-loud funny yet suffused with an aura of incredible sadness. The authors first novel is set during the 1960's at a Newfoundland orphanage run by the Christian Brothers. There's never enough food, the dorms are always freezing , and the discipline is harsh yet the story is filled with vivid characters. A group of boys band together to create the families they all lack and help each other through "the spells" of dread and loneliness they each experience at times. Their secret society becomes their law and their family. This is an inspirational novel which does not fail to move the reader and actually leaves you cheering as these boys come of age under difficult circumstances. A great choice for a book discussion group!

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