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The Distance Home

(2018)
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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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"In Paula Saunders’ The Distance Home, a family’s story traces the intricate, often subterranean lines that connect damage to redemption, creation to dissolution, and the everyday to the eternal, just to name several of its moving and startling aspects. It’s a true, and rare, accomplishment." - Michael Cunningham

"A deeply involving portrait of the American postwar family: its promises and disruptions . . . surrounded by a rich, shimmering, sensuous landscape." - Jennifer Egan

"Set in a landscape at once stark and beautiful, here is a luminous novel about the intricacies of family life and family love . . . Heartbreaking, full of compassion, and prose that feels it has always been there, not even forged from nothing, but essentially true. I haven’t read anything this good in a long time." - Rachel Joyce

"A bracing and beautiful novel about a fierce struggle for love and understanding in a South Dakota family, and about aspiration (both thwarted and encouraged) in an unforgiving place. Read it - it will break your heart and open it up." - Maile Meloy

"Extraordinary . . . Paula Saunders writes beautiful, evocative prose that engages you in every aspect of this world. The Distance Home is heart-breaking and full of compassion while also managing to be exacting, precise and truthful. It accomplishes what great fiction should: we get a glimpse of our own humanity." - Dana Spiotta

"Honest, and true, and more - this soul-searching first novel offers everywhere that most mysterious and essential of artistic achievements: heart." - Douglas Unger


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Hardback Editions

January 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Distance Home
Author(s): Paula Saunders
ISBN: 1-5098-9532-9 / 978-1-5098-9532-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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August 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Distance Home: A Novel
Author(s): Paula Saunders
ISBN: 0-525-50874-0 / 978-0-525-50874-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

April 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Distance Home: A Novel
Author(s): Paula Saunders
ISBN: 0-525-50876-7 / 978-0-525-50876-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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August 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Distance Home
Author(s): Paula Saunders
ISBN: 1-5098-9533-7 / 978-1-5098-9533-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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August 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Distance Home the Mrexp
Author(s): Paula Saunders
ISBN: 0-525-51169-5 / 978-0-525-51169-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Random House USA Ex
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Audio Editions

February 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Distance Home
Author(s): Paula Saunders
ISBN: 1-5290-1274-0 / 978-1-5290-1274-3
Publisher: Bolinda/Macmillan audio
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February 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Distance Home
Author(s): Paula Saunders
ISBN: 1-5290-1275-9 / 978-1-5290-1275-0
Publisher: Bolinda/Macmillan audio
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January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Distance Home
Author(s): Paula Saunders
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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January 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Distance Home
Author(s): Paula Saunders
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


January 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Distance Home
Author(s): Paula Saunders
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Distance Home: A Novel
Author(s): Paula Saunders
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   


August 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Distance Home: A Novel
Author(s): Paula Saunders
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

August 2018 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Distance Home
Author(s): Paula Saunders
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Distance Home
Author(s): Paula Saunders
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   


August 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Distance Home: A Novel
Author(s): Paula Saunders
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA