The Distance Home (Hardback)
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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 24/01/2019
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Must a child's past define their future?

In 1960s rural America two siblings grow up in a place of love and turmoil. Rene is the apple of her father's eye: an over-achiever, athletic, clever, the best brain in class, and the best dancer in school. Her older brother Leon, doted on by his mother, is shy, a stutterer, but also a brilliant dancer.

Rene and Leon share a talent, but it is a gift their father adores in his daughter, and loathes in his son, and that could make all the difference. These two children may be best friends, but life promises to take them down very different paths...

The Distance Home is the story of two children growing up side by side - the one given opportunities the other just misses - and the fall-out in their adult lives.

Funny and tragic, both intimate and universal, Paula Saunders' debut is about how our parents shape the adults we become. It is a hugely moving story of devotion and neglect, impossible to put down - these are characters you will forever hold close to your heart.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509895328
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 432 g
Dimensions: 224 x 143 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Deeply involving... rich, shimmering, sensuous.' - Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit From the Goon Squad

'Stark and beautiful ... luminous... Heartbreaking, full of compassion... I haven't read anything this good in a long time.' - Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

'Sensitively imagined and perceptively told...  affecting and rewarding.' - The Daily Mail

'Moving and startling... a true, and rare, accomplishment.' - Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours

'Riveting... it kept me turning pages in the wee hours. One of the best books I've read in years - destined to become a classic.' - Mary Karr, author of The Liars' Club

'Bracing and beautiful... it will break your heart and open it up.' - Maile Meloy, author of Do Not Become Alarmed

'Saunders skillfully illuminates how time heals certain wounds while deepening others, and her depiction of aging is viscerally affecting... The Distance Home becomes a mediation of the violence of American ambition - and a powerful call for self-examination.' - The New York Times

'Smart and empathetic, highlighting how prejudice can make us forget about love.' - Elle Magazine

'Beautiful, tender... fans of Elizabeth Strout will love it.' - Prima Magazine

'An exquisite, searing portrait of family... The Distance Home will leave readers eager for more from this extraordinarily talented writer.' - Booklist

'Penetrating and insightful.' - Publishers Weekly

'The author's compassion for her characters shines through in this honest story.' - Library Journal 

'Honest, and true... this soul-searching first novel offers everywhere that most mysterious and essential of artistic achievements: heart.' - Douglas Unger, author of Leaving the Land and Voices from Silence

Extraordinary... beautiful, evocative... The Distance Home is heart-breaking and full of compassion.' - Dana Spiotta, author of Innocents and Others

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“the power of family”

Paula Saunders' novel 'The Distance Home' follows the lives of Eve and her husband Al, and their dysfunctional family. Saunders' prose is compelling, and her characters have real depth. She... More

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