The Long Run is the story of a group of boys called the Dare Klub, who live in a home for orphans in Newfoundland run by Catholic Brothers. In the midst of the harsh discipline and the heavy-handed discourses, the group manages to live and breathe by their own set of rules.
By day the boys are obedient students who study the history of Newfoundland and the teachings of the religion; but when the sun goes down, they steal the night by raiding the bakery, passing slugs in the pop machine, talking about girls, sex, and the merits of Willie Mays. But above all, they help each other through the waves of loneliness and sadness that come in the eerily quiet night, as the repercussions of the abuse take their toll.Their secret society is their government, their rule and their law. When the Dare Klub goes too far, stealing wine from the sacristy, the Brothers go on a manhunt, offering payoffs and bribes to the boys who will rat out the culprits. The preparations for the long run begin.
As Canada's own Frank McCourt, Leo Furey has created a classic coming-of-age story of dazzling scope and powerful insight, leavened with razor-sharp wit and an eclectic cast of unforgettable characters. The Long Run is the brilliant debut novel from a gifted writer and a natural storyteller.