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A Runner's Perfect Gift

Gearing up for the holidays and mentally preparing for the change of weather looming ahead, we could all use a boost of inspiration. 2021 has been an eye-opening experience for me with such a phenomenal response to the release of The Slummer: Quarters Till Death. With thousands of copies sold and over 80% 5-star reviews, this novel will certainly be a hit stocking stuffer for that runner on your shopping list.

The story is about running, and society, and love, and tragedy. A near future tale of genetics and classism. An underdog rising through the life he can longer bear. It is about Benjamin Brandt, a runner who simply wants to run.

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The Slummer is a perfect gift idea for runners. A book about a near-future Cleveland focused on track and field

What People are Saying:

"This is the first running book I've read that I think, wow this is like peeking into my brain and my way of thinking. I will be reading it again and again."

- CHRIS SOLINSKY, Former American Record Holder - 10,000 m (26:59.60)

"Lace up for a powerful story of commitment, loss, aspiration and an unlikely challenger of systematic oppression."

- ANDY SCHMITZ, 3x US Olympic Coach - Triathlon

"The Slummer's inspiring story pits the indomitable spirit of a runner against economic disparity and genetic engineering in a believable, dystopian tomorrow."

- JONATHAN BEVERLY, Editor in Chief - PodiumRunner

"I couldn't help but lace up my shoes and go for a run."

- DEREK GRIFFITHS, Owner - Colorado Runner Magazine

The Slummer: Quarters Till Death

In 2083, Benjamin Brandt is among the millions of "slummers" who are relegated to poverty and struggle on the outskirts of society. As a minority growing up in the gritty underbelly of Cleveland's Industrial Valley, Ben sees the way genetically designed "elites" live only from a distance: from the shadows of public spaces people like him are forbidden to use, and on TV, where he watches the enhanced athletes compete at an extraordinary level. For years, a national track championship has inspired Ben to ferociously cultivate his own talent as a runner.

As Ben logs miles through the potholed, darkened streets of his community, an idea takes hold of him that could turn his highly stratified society upside down. He isn't prepared to lead a revolution; however, he is prepared to run like a slummer with nothing to lose.

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