The Distance Home

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MUST A CHILD’S PAST DEFINE THEIR FUTURE?

‘Luminous . . . heartbreaking . . . I haven’t read anything this good in a long time’ Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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

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.

Critics Review

  • 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
  • A heartfelt tale of brutal parental love . . . one of the most convincing portraits of a mother-daughter bond that I have read . . . generous, humane

    The Times
  • Sensitively imagined and perceptively told . . . affecting and rewarding

    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

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