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How Far Is the Ocean from Here

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Susannah Prue is a young, unmarried surrogate mother who, in the days before her delivery date, panics. Jumping into her car, she flees her Chicago home and a few days later pulls up to a bleak motel in the Southwest - the Thunder Lodge. There, she encounters misfits, much like herself, who also carry secrets: the motel's terse proprietors, their mentally disabled son, and a woman transporting her niece to the father she's never met. But when the parents of Susannah's baby discover her whereabouts, she can no longer ignore the profound power she holds over their lives.

Beautifully written, How Far Is the Ocean from Here explores the ways in which people care for one another and the ways in which they fail, the kinds of families we create when we have no one else to turn to, and the strangeness and unpredictability of love.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Amy Shearn’s first novel is a hugely auspicious debut. Sentence by sentence, the writing stays sharp and memorable, and the plot slyly takes us on a road-trip that is both frightening and comic." - Charles Baxter

"Once in a while you read a first novel in which the narrative hand is so steady, the characters so lively and original, that you finish it certain you’ll be hearing a lot more from this author. Amy Shearn’s How Far Is the Ocean From Here is just such a book - funny, engaging, and captivating from beginning to end." - Mark Childress

"How Far Is the Ocean From Here is a lyrical storm populated by runaway surrogate mothers, ghost boys, half-girls, haunted caves, desert motels, parents of all stripes, sacred lakes and swimming pools that swirl and collide until finally getting blown together across America's highways into an unforgettable conclusion." - Samantha Hunt

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July 2008 : USA Hardback

Title: How Far Is the Ocean from Here: A Novel
Author(s): Amy Shearn
ISBN: 0-307-40534-6 / 978-0-307-40534-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
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