Anasazi Runner: a novel of identity and speed |
By: Jeff Posey Anasazi runners were fast. Relentless. They never gave up. Neither does Sean. Sean is an orphan whose only connection to the mother he never knew is a strange amulet he believes was handed down from the Anasazi. From the story: “The boy ran like he was about to fall on his face, just catching himself with the step of his next stride. And he didn’t look like anybody I’d ever seen except in pictures. His face had an Eskimo look. Not the kind of kid you’d expect from the O’Briens, both of them rotund and so white they seemed to suck the color out of everything around them. It was common knowledge they’d adopted the boy from the womb of a woman killed in a fiery car crash near Tyler.” As an adult, Sean’s training partner, Kira, a Navajo girl from a fractured clan, and his old high school running coach and history teacher, Coach J., see in him what he does not: A winner of marathons. But is he fast enough to win on the world stage? While training in the mountains near Pagosa Springs, Colorado, Sean feels the magic of his mother’s amulet and it pulls him toward unbelievable speeds—and toward Kira, who sees beneath his oddball layers to the real boy-become-man who is now the Anasazi Runner. A Novel of Hope and the Indefatigable Human Spirit by Rhonda Hopkins (12/21/2011) While the premise seemed interesting, I was a little hesitant to read this book at first. This is not a genre I typically read and it’s about running. Running! Anyone who knows me, knows I am not a runner. I have never enjoyed running. And to be honest, I don’t really understand people who do enjoy it. But, that’s okay. We are all different and that makes the world an interesting place to live. The book started off a little slow for me; however, after about the first 25 pages, I was hooked. Mr. Posey gives us a cast of characters and makes us care about them — their similarities and their differences. I was glad to be along for the emotional and often humorous (thanks to Jesse – the cantankerous coach) journey as they evolved, found themselves, and found each other. While the book definitely had running throughout its pages, it really wasn’t about running. Of course, I was there cheering Sean on each step of the way and hoping he met the impossible goals he set for himself. But this novel is about hope and the indefatigable human spirit. Although I don’t know if a marathon can ever be run in under two hours, Mr. Posey brings you in, wraps you up and makes you believe that with talent, lots of hard (very hard) work, encouragement, faith in yourself, and perseverance — ANYTHING is possible. I would definitely recommend this book. Amended to add: Since my review in 2011, the fastest time to run a marathon has edged closer and closer to that two hour time. Dennis Kimetto set a new record of 2:02:57 in 2014. Amazon Goodreads