Running Away With Frannie

Manfredi, Renee

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MacAdam Cage 2006 R E V I E W C O P Y Fine/ SOFTCOVER. Prerelease version. From In Manfredi's winning 20-something road trip novel, Sam Segretti is fleeing Pittsburgh to get away from his family and sometime girlfriend when he encounters Frannie Swidden, a just-fired waitress at a West Virginia truck stop. She asks him for a ride out of town; they're in love before they reach North Carolina. Obsessed with African myth and mysticism, Frannie is insightful and enigmatic, infusing an otherwise standard boy-meets-girl with a capricious, tormenting lightness. As the story unfurls, and the prospects for love and togetherness become increasingly remote, Manfredi skillfully guides the two through haunting feelings of isolation, anonymity, and the impossibility of eternal happiness. Franni's wild, indefatigable yet softspoken innocence steals the show, giving nuance to the terrors of her and Sam's bruised childhoods. The tenderness of the narrative belies the difficulty of Sam and Franni's lives, and the undercurrent of doom that shadows them to the end. Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. ReviewA writer with the rare gift of presenting her scenes with just the right number of props, and with dialogue that is neither mundane nor self-consciously rarefied. --San Francisco Chronicle br> Manfredi might be the next must-read literary novelist. --Plain Dealer br> Manfredi s disciplined command of language combined with her intricate plot and compassion toward her characters makes this an absorbing read. --Rocky Mountain News. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Sam, the main character in Running Away with Frannie, meets his true love, Frannie, in a West Virginia truck stop where she’s a waitress who’s just about to be fired for flushing a potato down the toilet in the men’s room.

Sam, twenty-five, has tried five colleges in five different states and has been a "factory drudge, mill hunk, mail carrier, hospital orderly, and Chuckles the Clown," among other jobs. His restless heart meets its match in Frannie, who has moved forty-eight times in two years, and who believes her special destiny like all the great wanderers in history, "Christ and Mohammad, Moses and Johnny Cash," will be revealed in the journeys she undertakes.

What this pair of nomads didn’t count on, however, was falling in love, and how staying together means, at least for a time, staying in one place.

This is also, in part, a story of reconciliation with family: after his father’s death, Sam discovers, through random encounters with strangers and neighbors, that the abusive and alcoholic father he knew lived a double life that included acts of charity and goodness. By attempting to link his past to his present life with Frannie, Sam hopes to disprove the prediction his father once made for him: "The whole world is divided into runners and chasers. You’re either running toward, or you’re running away. You’ve spent your whole life trying to escape."

About the Author: Renée Manfredi is the author of Above the Thunder and the story collection Where Love Leaves Us, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award. She received an MFA from Indiana University, an NEA fellowship, and was a regional winner of Granta s Best American Novelists Under Forty. She teaches creative writing at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.

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Title: Running Away With Frannie
Publisher: MacAdam Cage
Publication Date: 2006
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Book Condition: Fine
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