Who She Is

In the fall of 1967, Faye Smith’s family moves to Florida to work in the orange groves, and she has to start a new school… again. She tries out for the track team, knowing her mother would never approve because of Faye’s epilepsy.

When Faye discovers she has a talent for distance running, she and her friend Francie decide to enter the Boston Marathon, even though women aren’t allowed to compete. Desperate to climb out of the rut of poverty, Faye is determined to take part and win a college scholarship.

After the school bully tries to run her down with his car, a strange memory surfaces—a scene Faye doesn’t recognize. Her parents insist that it’s a symptom of her epilepsy, but Faye thinks they might be lying, especially when it keeps happening. To get her life on the right path, she’ll need to figure out what her parents are hiding and never lose sight of the finish line.




Who She Is


Page Count: Approx. 280
ISBN-13: 978-1-948051-07-1
Publication Date: Spring 2018

One girl’s discovery of who she really is (and can be) in the face of bullying, betrayal, and abandonment.

The Midwest Review

This story is about so many things – Women’s rights in sports, racism, and another issue that I will not give away.

Wall to Wall Books

If you would like to learn more about women and their history in distance running, you could start with the following books and articles that I used for historical reference. I’ve included some helpful books about male runners, too.

Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women’s Sports, by Kathrine Switzer, DaCapo Press, 2017.

To Boston with Love, by Bobbi Gibb, Amazon Digital Services, 2016.

Wind in the Fire, by Bobbi Gibb. The Institute for the Study of Natural Systems Press, 2016.

26.2 Miles to Boston: A Journey into the Heart of the Boston Marathon by Michael Connelly, Globe Pequot Press, 2014.

Boston Marathon: History by the Mile, by Paul Clerici, The History Press, 2014.

First Ladies of Running: 22 Inspiring Profiles of the Rebels, Rule Breakers, and Visionaries who Changed the Sport Forever, by Amby Burfoot, Rodale, 2016.

Girl Runner: A Novel, by Carrie Snyder, HarperCollins Publisher, 2015.

Once a Runner, by John L. Parker, Jr., Cedarwinds, 1999.

The Boston Marathon: A Celebration of America’s Greatest Race by Tom Derderian, Triumph Books, 2014.

The Man Who Taught Me Everything, by Amby Burfoot, Runners World, March 27, 2007. https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/the-man-who-taught-me-everything