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More Like Not Running Away: A Novel (Mary Mccarthy Prize in Short Fiction) [Paperback]

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Hoping to outrun his troubled past, Levi's father, Everest, moves the family constantly, and after Everest fails once again to build a new home and life, Levi's mother runs away, and Levi is left trying to hold his family together.

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Levi Revel is a boy in danger of losing his family and maybe his mind. He's in awe of his father, Everest, a majestic dreamer, a master builder, a man with a violent, secret past. As the family moves from state to state, Levi hears solace in the voice of God, a voice that sends him preaching from treetops and roofs.
But the family begins to fall apart, and as Levi enters adolescence, he hears more troubling things: other voices, terrifying sounds, warnings. When Everest takes him on a high-speed, cross-country chase to win back Levi's mother - by force if necessary - Levi realizes how much danger they all are in.
This debut novel takes readers across America, through the eyes and ears of a child whose family is haunted by a past they can't outrun. From a boy lost in a world of imaginary voices and chilling destruction to a young man who can rebuild steeples, the story Levi tells is the triumph of persistence over moments of isolation and despair.

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Pages   248
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2005
Publisher   Sarabande Books
ISBN  1932511288  
ISBN13  9781932511284  

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More About Paul Shepherd

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Shepherd earned a PhD from Florida State, where he is currently a Writer in Residence. He has also written a poetry book . His community service activities include serving as director of a nonprofit construction company that rehabs older homes for low-income homeowners, working as a Youth Director at a Lutheran Church, and helping found the House of Mercy, an AIDS hospice.

Paul Shepherd was born in 1964.

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Reviews - What do customers think about More Like Not Running Away: A Novel (Mary Mccarthy Prize in Short Fiction)?

Revealing  Sep 27, 2007
Shepherd reveals to us with an almost unnerving eloquence those feelings that we have all had in childhood. My breath is literally taken away and I have to pause after a passage, remembering how it was. There are moments in your life when you are let down as you are growing up, Shepherd describes this as a cool feeling... as though a hand that has been over your heart is now removed. You will want to savor this wonderfully written book. I am eagarly awaiting Paul Shepherd's next work.
Bravo !  Dec 23, 2006
Having read this book, I can assure you that your only regret will be reaching the final page. These are characters you will never forget. Moments in this book will remain with me forever, such as Levi driving with his Father. Like the others who reviewed this novel, I cannot wait to see where Paul Shepherd will take us next.
More like good writing  Sep 30, 2006
I enjoyed this book so much. It's not what I normally would read but after meeting Paul at the local library, I was intrigued enough to buy his book. He's an excellent writer, and I would love to read more of his work. The story of Levi is told with such compassion that I even felt sorry for the lad by the end of the story. He truly had an incredible life that seemed almost real.

Barbara Joe-Williams
author of "Dancing with Temptation"
Mary McCarthy Prize Well Deserved  Jul 26, 2006
Despite being an avid reader, this is the first time I have been moved to post a review on this site which in itself says something. To put it succinctly, this is a wonderful first novel and it makes me wonder what the author will do for an encore. Unlike some modern fiction, there is a plot to "More Like Not Running Away" (which I won't reveal here) and Mr. Shepherd's love of architecture and the art of building a house/home are evident throughout but what got me most of all was the sheer beauty of the language. It all flows, not a word or phrase out of place, no jarring or discordant notes (other than those intended by the author). Some other reviewers have used the words "poetic", "lyrical", "elegant" and "graceful" to describe the writing -- they all apply in spades. At the risk of costing the author some sales, though not particularly long this is not a quick beach read but a book to be savored without hurrying. You won't regret the time spent. I even found the ending remarkably uplifting and affirmative of life in an unexpected way.
Not Running from some good writing  Feb 22, 2006
The overall style of this book is very unique, because while the majority of it is written from an adult's point of view of events that happened to him as a child, there is virtually no retrospective of these events. While the ending feels a little rushed, it fits the overall tone of the novel, and leaves the reader with a sense of what happens as this child grows into an adult. Very fast read, would be great for a plane trip.

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