Autumn Konopka

Author. Teacher. Runner. Human.


a novel

“With a voice at once lyrical and unflinching, Konopka has written a novel that takes on some of the more difficult subjects of life: alcoholism, depression, suicide and the struggle to succeed in a world that often seems bent on making success impossible. Pheidippides Didn’t Die is a love story to Philadelphia, to literature, to the art of running, and—ultimately—a love story between two people who come together to pull themselves out of darkness and trauma through the goal of finishing a marathon. Fiercely and sexily funny, Pheidippides takes us through the depths of despair (think mile 20 in a marathon) and ultimately out the other side into hope and the affirmation of life.”

—Naomi Benaron,
Author of Running the Rift,
winner of the Bellwether Prize
for Socially Engaged Fiction