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An Odyssey of Self-DiscoveryWinner USA BookNews.com’s National “Best Books 2006 Award”Based on a true story, MARATHON, tells the tale of Marianna Gardner, a successful corporate attorney, whose pursuit of money and power has led her far from herMoreAn Odyssey of Self-DiscoveryWinner USA BookNews.com’s National “Best Books 2006 Award”Based on a true story, MARATHON, tells the tale of Marianna Gardner, a successful corporate attorney, whose pursuit of money and power has led her far from her childhood ideals. Fate reunites her with an old friend of her deceased parents—Ion Theodore—a former Greek slave, sculptor and Marathon runner. Together they journey to his ancient homeland where she not only discovers his past, but also her future and the inescapable destiny that each holds the key to the other’s salvation.From the concrete canyons of lower Manhattan to the ruins of Ancient Greece, MARATHON is a deeply personal tour-de-force of a woman who turns her back on the modern world in order to unravel the secrets of her past.Meet Marianna Gardner—intelligent, beautiful, successful, yet empty, sad and searching. Marianna is a partner in a prominent Manhattan law firm, but her rise to the top has come at a price: She has become so hardened that she has missed her own father’s funeral.Enter Ion Theodore, a charming yet lonely old Greek man who has known Marianna since she was a child. A teacher, artist and marathon runner, Ion is a man of uncommon experience and wisdom. When Marianna reaches out for Ion after decades of absence, visiting him in a dilapidated Queens’ nursing home., she is quickly entranced by “Uncle” Ion’s quiet life force.Soon after their meeting, Marianna finds herself compelled to accompany Ion on a pilgrimage back to his homeland of Greece. There she stumbles upon Ion’s hidden journals, with their tantalizing allusions to a lost obol, once possessed by Ion. It was the very obol worn by Pheidippides, the legendary hero who ran from Marathon to Athens to bring the news of the history-changing Greek victory over the Persians.Framed by the story of Pheidippides’ celebrated run, the novel is steeped in mythology and mystery. With a deft and certain hand, author W. William Winokur ponders the essential questions of life and death, the intersection of past and present, the struggle of duty versus passion, all while exploring one woman’s discovery of herself through ancient myths, lost journals, impossible loves and timeless souls.Marathon is a richly imagined work that sets the conflict and intrigue of the ancient world against the reality of contemporary life. Compelling, thought provoking and thoroughly engaging, MARATHON is a powerful statement about the choices we make in life and how to make a life worth living.Critics praise MARATHON:“The shadow of ancient Greece gives uncommon power to this story of a modern womans search for purpose. The result is a book which is both epic and intimate, a book about the things that really matter in life.” —James Cameron, Director, Titanic, Avatar“MARATHON defies description in many ways because it just isn’t the usual kind of story one encounters… It is a remarkable novel about a remarkable man.” —Bookviews.com“The story is layered by a master craftsman, as the past touches the present smoothly and skillfully. A ribbon of timeless love is woven throughout the tale, joining the lives of these characters in a tapestry of epic proportions. The theme of a marathon flows effortlessly, highlighting Mariannas quest for self-understanding and providing a quiet sense of urgency. A myriad of emotions will cause these pages to quiver, capturing readers hearts and drawing them deeper into this novel. When the book is slowly closed, there will be a sense of having run this race vicariously and hopefully, victoriously with these marvelous people.