Running is a dark, breathtaking novel of love, friendship, and survival set in Athens’ red light district in the late 1980s, following the lives of three friends and lovers: queer English poet Milo Rollack, Eton drop-out Jasper Lethe, and seventeen-year-old Bridey Sullivan, an American with a fascination for fire. The three meet working as runners: they ride trains looking for tourists to lure back to the four-dollar-a-night Hotel Olympos and, in exchange, stay for free on the hotel’s condemned top floor and get a few drachmas which they immediately spend at the bar around the corner. Cara Hoffman began writing Running over twenty-five years ago when she was working as a runner herself. Taking notes on the backs of beer labels and carrying them in her pockets through years of travel; she has captured a time pre-Internet, a time simply not available to us anymore. Set at a time when it was still possible to be alone in the world—still possible for a person to go truly off the grid—Running is a deeply romantic, deeply transgressive story and the emotion and experiences Hoffman lived pulse through the pages of this stunning, incendiary novel. “Running is like taking a trip into a story you never knew you needed-- and you should take it, at once,” says Alexander Chee. Cara Hoffman is the author of the critically acclaimed novels So Much Pretty and Be Safe I Love You. She has written for the New York Times, Marie Claire, Salon, and National Public Radio, and is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including a Folio Prize nomination, and a Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award. She will be joined by Mary Gaitskill, author of Bad Behavior and The Mare.