By William Winokur
Winner united states BookNews.com’s nationwide “Best Books 2006 Award”
Based on a real tale, MARATHON, tells the story of Marianna Gardner, a winning company legal professional, whose pursuit of cash and gear has led her faraway from her formative years beliefs. destiny reunites her with an outdated pal of her deceased parents—Ion Theodore—a former Greek slave, sculptor and Marathon runner. jointly they trip to his old native land the place she not just discovers his earlier, but in addition her destiny and the inescapable future that every holds the most important to the other’s salvation.
From the concrete canyons of decrease big apple to the ruins of old Greece, MARATHON is a deeply own tour-de-force of a girl who turns her again at the smooth international in an effort to get to the bottom of the secrets and techniques of her past.
Meet Marianna Gardner—intelligent, attractive, profitable, but empty, unhappy and looking. Marianna is a associate in a well-known long island legislations company, yet her upward push to the pinnacle has come at a cost: She has develop into so hardened that she has neglected her personal father’s funeral.
Enter Ion Theodore, an enthralling but lonely outdated Greek guy who has recognized Marianna because she used to be a toddler. A instructor, artist and marathon runner, Ion is a guy of unusual event and knowledge. while Marianna reaches out for Ion after many years of absence, vacationing him in a dilapidated Queens’ nursing home., she is instantly entranced by way of “Uncle” Ion’s quiet lifestyles force.
Soon after their assembly, Marianna unearths herself pressured to accompany Ion on a pilgrimage again to his place of origin of Greece. There she stumbles upon Ion’s hidden journals, with their tantalizing allusions to a misplaced obol, as soon as possessed via Ion. It used to be the very obol worn by means of Pheidippides, the mythical hero who ran from Marathon to Athens to deliver the inside track of the history-changing Greek victory over the Persians.
Framed by means of the tale of Pheidippides’ celebrated run, the radical is steeped in mythology and secret. With a deft and sure hand, writer W. William Winokur ponders the fundamental questions of existence and demise, the intersection of earlier and current, the fight of accountability as opposed to ardour, all whereas exploring one woman’s discovery of herself via historical myths, misplaced journals, most unlikely loves and undying souls.
Marathon is a richly imagined paintings that units the clash and intrigue of the traditional international opposed to the truth of up to date lifestyles. Compelling, proposal upsetting and carefully enticing, MARATHON is a strong assertion concerning the offerings we make in existence and the way to make a existence worthy living.
Critics compliment MARATHON:
“The shadow of old Greece supplies unusual strength to this tale of a contemporary woman's look for goal. the result's a ebook that's either epic and intimate, a ebook in regards to the issues that truly subject in life.” —James Cameron, Director, massive, Avatar
“MARATHON defies description in lots of methods since it simply isn’t the standard type of tale one encounters… it's a extraordinary novel a few impressive man.” —Bookviews.com
“The tale is layered via a grasp craftsman, because the earlier touches the current easily and elegantly. A ribbon of undying love is woven in the course of the story, becoming a member of the lives of those characters in a tapestry of epic proportions. The topic of a marathon flows easily, highlighting Marianna's quest for self-understanding and offering a quiet experience of urgency. A myriad of feelings will reason those pages to quiver, shooting readers' hearts and drawing them deeper into this novel. while the e-book is slowly closed, there'll be a feeling of getting run this race vicariously and optimistically, victoriously with those excellent people.” —In The Library Reviews
“This is a singular of deep religion and conviction, all of the extra so simply because Ion Theodore was once a true individual. this can be a publication to be learn, re-read and treasured.” —Roundtable Reviews
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