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stripped down running

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  17 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
This compelling psychological novel dramatically highlights the impact of what was thought to be sort of a normal family upbringing. As a young adult, the heroine tries to outrun her past, but like so many childhood influences, outdistancing one’s early years does not always work.

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Paperback, 2, 202 pages
Published August 15th 2012 by FriesenPress
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Dec 09, 2012 Lydia rated it really liked it
The reader tastes the young protagonist Hannah’s fear on the first page. Author Nair vividly portrays Hannah’s early primary relationship and initial conditions that present perhaps one factor causing the phenomenon of “running” that is one of the novel’s main themes.

Nair skilfully weaves the theme of running with Hannah being “stripped down.” The author exposes layers of past conditioning through Hannah’s insights and released memories as she trains for the Winnipeg marathon that will mark her
Jennifer Levac
This is a psychological novel highlighting the impact of how ones childhood into their adulthood. Hannah is the main character in this novel and we follow her through unfortunate events in her adult life. If something could go wrong or happen it happened to Hannah. Hannah also didn't make it better with her behaviour especially the lying. Throughout the book we read sections of her childhood - trying to understand her mother and her father being kicked out of the family home, we also are shown ...more
Ross Priebe
Dec 17, 2012 Ross Priebe rated it really liked it
This book is written with a grassroots passion in challenging the reader to journey with Hannah as she unravels a difficult childhood that has reeked much havoc in her life. The black and white religious upbringing leaves Hannah's mind wandering as she moves into young adulthood, marriage, separation and hopes of healing. The abuse she faced as a young child and early teen pushed the limits of survival and forces Hannah to grab onto anything that would keep the truamas and pain locked so deep ...more
Andrea Nair
Oct 14, 2012 Andrea Nair rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am obviously biased because I wrote this book. The journey to get this novel here has been seven years of inspiration, sleep-deprivation, and support by incredible people. I am very grateful to those who read "stripped down running."
Wes Funk
Oct 14, 2012 Wes Funk rated it really liked it
Stripped Down Running is a solid read, following one troubled woman's journey of healing. Through snappy dialogue and vivid imagery, readers are pulled into her turmoil. As a male reader who adores anything that empowers women, my heart sang to watch this tortured but lovable character find light.
Alex Pominville
Oct 25, 2012 Alex Pominville rated it it was amazing
Stripped Down Running is an interesting read. From the very beginning, the imagery and easy narrative style pulls you in. You’ll have a hard time putting it down! You follow the main character, Hannah, through so many different experiences, ones that people can relate to. I was happy when the writer, Andrea Nair, knew when to change “scenes” during a difficult part of the book. We get to read about Hannah’s journey through her life, memories and mental/emotional problems. Stripped Down Running ...more
Angie Abdou
Nov 21, 2012 Angie Abdou rated it really liked it
This book does exactly what it sets out to do. I wouldn't call it literary fiction (and it is, therefore, different than what I usually read and review). This novel is didactic; it has lessons to teach. It works as a good example of Joseph Gold's bibliotherapy (wherein a reader can work through various challenges by reading about those challenges). Stripped Down Running is a fast-paced, action-packed story of self-discovery and resilience. In reading it, I learned a lot about mental health. This ...more
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