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Run J Run

4.73  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Jeremy, a high school English teacher coming to grips with a shattered marriage and haunted by the brother he lost, unexpectedly falls in love with his best friend, Zak. Attractive, wildly unconventional, and happy in an open relationship with his partner Annie, Zak seems to embody everything missing from Jeremy’s life, but when the arrest and death of a marginalized stude ...more
Paperback, 311 pages
Published May 12th 2019 by Renaissance
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Cait Gordon
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I’m just sitting here, gobsmacked. This novel is incredible. And though I absolutely loved Su Sokol’s, Cycling to Asylum, Run J Run will stay with me a very long time.

Writing characters with complex mental illnesses is often done poorly, using harmful tropes. Not so with this work. It is also heavily nuanced; the characters are anything but one dimensional, and the representation of a polyamorous relationship goes so much deeper. Sokol truly underscores the reality of what it’s like for partner
Barry Webster
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Run J. Run" tells the story of Zak, a troubled father living in New York. The book is a page-turner, gripping, unpredictable, and surprising. The strength of the book comes out of the author’s willingness to tackle mental health issues without falling into the trap of sensationalizing them. Sokol steers clear of the tendency to simplistically over-label everything and everyone; the book has a rich complexity, particularly evident in the author’s adept handling of Zak’s multi-layered sexuality. ...more
Jun 14, 2019 added it
Run J Run is a book that defies boundaries, both in its content and in its own categorization. The story centers around a strong friendship between two teachers, which develops in unexpected directions. In addition to the issues that emerge with this relationship, it soon becomes clear that one of the primary characters has a mysterious, dark past which has left him with significant mental illness that threatens his very life.

Over the course of the book, Sokol manages several agendas in develop
Cheryl Abbani
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Run J Run was the kind of book that I didn’t want put it down and didn't want it to end. Su Sokol shows so much love and compassion while touching on very sensitive issues. She managed to destigmatize the enjoyment of your chosen sexuality without judgement, while showing sensitivity and enlightenment to mental illness. Su has a way of describing situations that make you feel as if you are actually in the scene watching the chapter evolve. A book worth reading! ...more
Hildy Herzfeld
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book by a wonderful author! Read her previous book Cycling to Asylum and loved it and with Run J Run, Su proves that she is far from a one hit wonder and that we can expect more great books from her. Run J Run explores issues of friendship, sexuality, gender and how our past explains our present but does not define us. Highly recommend!!!
Rana Bose
25, 2019 07:17AM
A book of casual, free flowing beauty. Deeply felt emotions about borders in human existence and the trepidation we encounter in crossing them.
" My best friend is a so and so..." does not suffice anymore. One must gently comprehend that vast field of lived lives to understand these times better. Su Sokol has set up that vast field endearingly.
Cora Siré
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Su J. Sokol has once again written a brilliant novel, following the success of her first book Cycling to Asylum. In Run J Run, the story-telling is just as captivating, with characters who linger in your heart and mind long after you've finished the book. Courageous, empathetic and riveting! ...more
Nathan Frechette
I absolutely adored this novel. It resonated deep with me, which is probably no surprise since it is so similar in its themes to some of my stories that are the dearest to my heart. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who's a fan of my comic Some Assembly Required! ...more
LizaRose Alderson
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Warning - Adult Content!

The everyman J has unexpectedly fallen for his best friend, the bright and attractive Zak after an ugly divorce has left him in a difficult situation with his daughter. Further complicating the situation, Zak has Annie and two kids of his own. In fact Zak seems to have everything going for him, but his easy going exterior hides a darkness that is pushed to the forefront after an incident at the school both J and Zak work.

From the start of the book, an interplay of love an
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Ursula Pflug
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
My review of Su J Sokol's terrific new novel Run J Run is in the print version of the current summer issue of Herizons Magazine.

"I sometimes ask my creative writing students to switch up their P.O.V. characters and write them from different points of view, including narrative voice and gender. In her sophomore novel, Run J Run, it’s as if Su J. Sokol has written her wonderful characters using these exercises as a springboard. It takes some ovaries for a woman to pen a novel about a passionate re
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sokol's drama unfolds at first at a slow enough pace that we get an opportunity to meet the characters and indeed "move into the skin," so to speak, of the main character. Once we've "moved in," the pace quickens, and we begin to really feel the love this character has for the other two. Each character brings a story to the table, each has their story to tell. Sokol's ear for dialogue is sharp; her eye for the details of how we love one another equally sharp; her sense of how to, with agility, b ...more
Peter Paproski
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just loved the whole experience... and an experience it was! With times, it had me sobbing, excited, and edge-of-my-seat thrilled. Seriously great eroticism. Bravo. It's an intriguing, though scary story. The polyamory was simply beautiful, the psychiatric depiction riveting, the family relations warm and complex and crazy, like all families. There is much to say about this novel, loads to discover and learn. This novel deserves wide readership. ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so drawn into this story, I missed my stop on the train twice while reading! Sokol is a creative force that opens up the inner worlds of characters in an uncommon way. This book pushes all boundaries - both in terms of genre as well as the emotional landscape of the characters and their relationships. Highly recommend!
April Ford
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a REALLY good book. Like, you'll be turning the pages even after your eyes are asking for a little rest. Sokol presents difficult ("trigger," you could say) topics with wisdom and balance. Writing fiction that addresses mental illness, polyamory, and any other non-"everyday" subject requires not only an ability to plumb the recesses of creativity, but also an instinct for what to tell, what to show, and what to let the reader infer. Stay tuned for a more detailed review in a future issue ...more
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Su J. Sokol is a social rights advocate and a writer of speculative, liminal, and interstitial fiction. A former legal services lawyer from New York City, xe now makes Montréal xyr home.

Sokol is the author of three novels: Cycling to Asylum, which was long-listed for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic and has been optioned for development into a feature-leng

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