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The Distance Home
Written by:
Paula Saunders 
Read by:
Rebecca Lowman 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
9 hours 20 minutes 
February 28 2019 
Available Date:
February 28 2019 
Age Category:
Fiction; Family Sagas; Literary Fiction; Sagas 
Bolinda/Macmillan audio 
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AUD$ 39.95
AUD$ 39.95

The story of a family – its secrets, betrayals, cruelties and kindnesses – and how our childhoods dictate the adults we become.

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’s 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.

'An exquisite, searing portrait of family ... The Distance Home will leave [listeners] eager for more from this extraordinarily talented writer.'
Booklist, starred

'... a mediation of the violence of American ambition – and a powerful call for self-examination.'
The New York Times

'Penetrating and insightful ... this debut wonderfully depicts the entire lifespan of a single family.'
Publishers Weekly