I was a paperboy, car wash grunt, street-corner vendor, stock boy at a beer
distributor, Teamster and a shipyard welder-all before my eighteenth
birthday. I spent twenty years working on the Philadelphia waterfront,
earned a degree at night, and began writing industry reports before I set
out to pursue the writing life in 2009.
More than fifty of my articles have appeared in local and national
publications including Every Day Fiction, Fringe, Still Crazy Lit, Runner's
World, and Salon.com. I published my first book, the memoir Twenty-four
Years to Boston, in 2013. My formative years working on the waterfront are
the foundation upon which my stories are built.
I was a finalist in a literary competition in the Summer Literary Series at
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, and at Fish Publications in County
Cork, Ireland, and I have received honorable mention twice in Allegory
Literary Magazine. I am a member of the Muse House, a Philadelphia literary
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Twenty-Four Years to Boston - My Journey from the Vegetable Aisle to Boylston Street
by Jim Brennan
Twenty-four Years to Boston demystifies one of the most grueling of all endurance sports, the marathon, to its essence-a primal activity that human beings have done since they first let go of the coffee table as toddlers. It is a story about the challenges and triumphs of an aging marathoner who inadvertently discovers that running had helped him overcome his insecurities and succeed in life.
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