Run J Run is a riveting tale of friendship, love, and chosen family. Using the tools of psychological drama and erotica, it presents a compelling critique of both the treatment of mental illness in our society and the false boundaries we construct in our personal relationships. 

Jeremy, a high school English teacher coming to grips with a shattered marriage and haunted by the brother he lost, unexpectedly falls in love with his best friend, Zak. Attractive, wildly unconventional, and happy in an open relationship with his partner Annie, Zak seems to embody everything missing from Jeremy’s life, but when the arrest and death of a marginalized student at the Brooklyn high school where they both teach trigger Zak’s mental breakdown and slow descent, Jeremy and Annie are compelled to cross boundaries, both external and internal, in a desperate attempt to save him.

A character-driven story with a cast of diverse and realistic protagonists, Run J Run celebrates the day-to-day heroism of ordinary, flawed individuals faced with trauma, loss, and marginalization.


“This gripping story, written with a great deal of graphic detail, compassion, drama, and a detailed sense of place, takes us into the deepest recesses of trauma and makes us look at family and therapy in unconventional but convincing ways. It is intricately plotted and unpredictable.” H. Nigel Thomas, author of No Safeguards, finalist for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for fiction.

“Run J Run is a sophisticated depiction of sexual awakening and mental illness. It seamlessly navigates the deeply personal and political with a scopious understanding of the human psyche. Marvellous, compelling and vital.” Arshad Khan, filmmaker and writer, director, and producer of the award-winning film, Abu.

“Sokol dares to go to that unexplored place where mental illness intersects with the complexities of sexuality, and the result is surprisingly hopeful. The book’s social critique is not lost in abstract theory but is solidly rooted in character.” Barry Webster, author of The Lava in My Bones, finalist for the Lambda Literary Award

“Run J Run is a compelling chronicle of a tumultuous, erotically charged friendship imperilled by madness. Sokol charts these struggles expertly and compassionately, even as her narrative pushes buttons, defies categories and conventions, and breaks rules….” David Demchuk, author of The Bone Mother, nominee for the Giller Prize and winner of the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Fiction of the Fantastic.

From Goodreads: 

“I was so drawn into this story, I missed my stop on the train twice while reading! Sokol is a creative force that opens up the inner worlds of characters in an uncommon way ….”

“Run J Run is a book that defies boundaries, both in its content and in its own categorization ….Over the course of the book, Sokol manages several agendas in developing her characters and the plot-line. The writing is terrific, but so is her understanding of human nature and the lengths people will go to protect those we love. This is truly a hard book to put down, replete with moments of beauty and depth of spirit….”

“…  Run J Run explores issues of friendship, sexuality, gender and how our past explains our present but does not define us. Highly recommend!!!”

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