Winner of the 2018 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction · Longlisted for British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction 2018 · Shortlisted for the 2018 Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award · Shortlisted for the 2018 Atlantic Book Awards - Margaret and John Savage First Book Award · Shortlisted for the 2018 Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors · A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year
“Dakin’s childhood on the run has all the elements of a great thriller. There are last-minute cross-country escapes, a web of dark family secrets, and a desperately agreed-to vow of silence. But it is ultimately a fable about the power of the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives…” —The New York Times
The unforgettable memoir of a family betrayed by a cruel deception.
Award-winning journalist Pauline Dakin spent her childhood on the run. Without warning, her mother uprooted her and her brother twice, moving thousands of miles away from family and friends. Disturbing events interrupted their outwardly normal life: break-ins, car thefts, even physical attacks on a family friend. Many years later, her mother finally revealed they’d been running from the Mafia and were receiving protection from a covert anti-organized crime task force.
But the truth was even more bizarre. Gradually, Dakin’s fears gave way to suspicion and she let her instincts as a journalist take over, only to discover that the Mafia threat was actually an elaborate web of lies. As she revisits her past, Dakin uncovers the human capacity for betrayal and deception, and the power of love to forgive.
Run, Hide, Repeat is simultaneously a tender memoir of a childhood steeped in unexplained fear and menace and a twisted thriller-like exploration of a family under threat, and the resilience of family bonds.