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Women runners : stories of transformation
Reti, Irene, 1961-
Publication Information:
Halcottsville, N.Y. : Breakaway Books, 2001.
Physical Description:
252 pages ; 24 cm
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This anthology by and about women runners truly captures the essence of running, and the spirit and dreams of women. These all-new works, solicited from published authors, run the gamut from humorous to serious to sad, from poetry to fiction to essay. It is a perfect paired volume with The Runner's Literary Companion - the art of writing seeking to comprehend the ineffable, incomparable nature of running. The runners depicted cover the whole range of women - young and old, single and married, gay and straight, fast and slow, casual runners and fierce.

These are not profiles of elite runners or Olympic personalities - they are moving works of literature about ordinary people achieving something extraordinary in their lives. Herein are stories about women running through pregnancy, running out their grief at the loss of loved ones, running a first marathon, running without fear, taking up running in midlife, running a 100-mile race, running naked; stories about running and love, and a high school girl finding her identity and strength through running.

Running shapes one's life to its very foundation, and these stories and essays all celebrate its power to radically transform and empower. Women Runners will illuminate and inspire any runner - man or woman - and send them out the door for a few more miles of sweat and illumination.

Irene Retibegan running in early 1996 and has completed four marathons. She is the editor of numerous anthologies, including Cats (and their Dykes) and Childless by Choice: A Feminist Anthology . Her forthcoming memoir, The Keeper of Memory is about growing up as the daughter of Holocaust refugees who kept their Jewish identity a secret from her.

Bettianne Shoney Sienhas run fourteen marathons. Her short stories have been widely published and she is a teacher in Santa Cruz, California.

Table of Contents

Aida K. PressAlison TownsendKate KinseyBettianne Shoney SienMary HrickoRoberta B. JacobsonCate TerwilligerSuzanne CaseHarriet SusskindClaudia SternbachC. J. Lockman HallJan PriddyNancy LaMar RodgersKris WhortonChar SimonsJennifer WheelockKaren HallRebecca J-M PierreNelinia CabilesChar SimonsMary KinnunenIsis Amelia Rose SienDorothy L. KangasDonna-Lane NelsonRebecca DavisSusan MarshMaryAnne Chute LynchBharti KirchnerRita StumpsIrene RetiBettianne Shoney SienPatricia O'DonnellAnna ViaderoJudyth Hill
Rachel Runningp. 9
Going the Distancep. 11
The Breath of Weightlessnessp. 29
Angels of nisenep. 35
Seasons of Changep. 37
The Wolf Packp. 53
Marathon Womanp. 57
Redemptionp. 63
Race for the Curep. 69
If I Were in Her Shoesp. 71
Running in the New Yearp. 75
Runner's Highp. 79
On the Soles of Angelsp. 87
On Running a Hundred Miles in Virginiap. 91
Hot, Cross Bunsp. 95
Because They Canp. 103
Marathon Training at Ten Thousand Leagues Under the Seap. 109
White Heatp. 115
The Language of Feet and Handsp. 119
Birthing a Running Familyp. 143
Pikku Lintup. 159
A Sense of Reasonp. 163
Looking Backp. 167
Real Lifep. 175
Running Romancesp. 193
Into the Lightp. 203
Stepping onto the Moon Barefootp. 211
Running Bangladeshp. 215
Garipitop. 221
Grandma's Marathonp. 227
My Phantom Grandmotherp. 239
Early Novemberp. 241
Running for My Lifep. 247
Running through Fearp. 251