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From the critically acclaimed author of Be Safe I Love You comes a dark and breathtaking novel of love, friendship, and survival set in the red light district of Athens in the 1980s that Garth Greenwall calls "a ferocious, brilliant book."

Running brings together an ensemble of outsiders who get by as "runners" - hustlers who sell tourists on low-end accommodations for a small commission and a place to stay.

Bridey Sullivan, a young American woman who has fled a peculiar and traumatic upbringing in Washington State, takes up with a queer British couple, the poet Milo Rollack and Eton drop-out Jasper Lethe. Slipping in and out of homelessness, addiction, and under-the-table jobs, they create their own kind of family as they struggle to survive.

Jasper's madness and consequent death frame a narrative of emotional intensity. In its midst this trio become linked to an act of terrorism. The group then splinters, taking us from Athens to the cliffs of the Mediterranean, and to modern-day New York.

Whether in the red light district of Athens or in the world of fire jumpers in the Pacific Northwest, we are always in a space of gorgeously wrought otherness. Running shows novelist Cara Hoffman to be writing at the peak of her craft.

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Cara Hoffman

Cara Hoffman is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, the recently released Running, Be Safe I Love You and So Much Pretty. She has written for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, The Paris Review, Marie Claire, and National Public Radio, among others. Originally from Northern Appalachia, Hoffman dropped out of high school to begin working as a newspaper reporter covering crime and environmental politics, and later attended graduate school. She received an MFA from Goddard College in 2009. Her novel Be Safe I Love You was named one of the Five Best Modern War novels by the telegraph UK and was nominated for a Folio Prize. She has been a visiting writer at University of Oxford, Columbia, and St. John's. She lives in Manhattan and teaches at the Stonecoast MFA program at University of Southern Maine.

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