"A deeply moving and exciting novel." —Roddy Doyle
“I run to silence the voices that haunted my brother and sister.”
“Flying into Putin’s Russia on a tourist visa with my soccer gear hadn’t seemed utterly daft.”
“I am here to learn the language, to learn how it feels in the body to dance.”
My ascent matched my mother’s descent.
“Basketball, the game I loved, legitimized a transformation I didn’t welcome.”
The gentle arts of a dictatorship.
“You have to require an effort of your muscles that pushes them to the edges of their power.”
“It wasn’t fair, that his brute force dominated everything.”
“The only future is the one right in front of you.”
Getting diagnosed—and treated—for chronic Lyme disease was an exhausting and endless ordeal. Only one thing helped.
“Basketball gave me an identity completely severed from my family.”
“I never found a replacement for running; I know I never will.”
“I will tell myself again that no one can run this far.”
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