A family saga set in the American West, about sibling rivalry, dark secrets, and a young girl's struggle with freedom and artistic desire.This moving debut novel is a profoundly American story. Set in a circa-1960s rural South Dakota--a hardscrabble place of cattle buyers, homegrown ballet studios, casual drug abuse, and unmitigated pressure to conform, all amid the great natural beauty of the region--the book portrays a loving but struggling young family in turmoil, and two siblings, Rene and Leon, who opt for different but equally extreme means of escaping the burdens of home. By turns funny and tragic, lyrical and terse, Paula Saunders' debut examines the classic American questions: What is to become of the vulnerable in a culture of striving and power? And what is the effect of this striving and power on both those who dominate and those who are overrun? It is an affecting novel, in which the author's compassionate narration allows us to sympathize, in turn, with everyone involved....
|Title||:||The Distance Home|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
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The Distance Home Reviews
The Distance Home is a novel of oppositions. Set in a landscape at once stark and beautiful, Paula Saunders introduces a family full of meanness and cruelty, but also crushing, miraculous love. These characters, this story, these sentences transcend the typical family drama, as Saunders shows us a world where hate and love are made of the same stuff, and where home and family are the best and worst things that will ever happen to you. In this novel, it is possible to be dragged down by the world ...more
THE DISTANCE HOME is an impressive debut by Paula Saunders. The writing is extraordinary; some of the passages I read and reread because the language was raw and full of emotion. All of the characters are incredibly flawed and hard to like, but they are so authentic, so incredibly human. I was awed by the author’s ability to capture the damage that we do to one another, and the lasting impact our words and actions have on those we love most. I look forward to seeing more from this talented autho ...more
For the first time ever I am torn on how to rate this... books are an instant response for me, I listen to usually two audio books a day, I spend 10-12 hours a day outdoors, I try a huge swath of books daily, frankly, I liked the simplicity of the cover.
I enjoyed the atmospheric feel of the west, I was instantly recalling our trips. this book took me back to my high school days, my love of ballet, had I been twenty reading this, it would have been five stars, but the family dynamics were depres ...more
Written so clearly that you could place yourself in the characters sad and depressing shoes.
I just per-ordered this book. Can't wait to read it.
Paula Saunders' debut novel The Distance Home shows a hell of a lot of promise: beautiful prose, fleshed out characters. But the story felt rehashed somehow and I found it hard to connect with it. That being said, there were enough enjoyable moments in this family drama to recommend.
I didn't see any point to this story. I didn't care for any of the characters, none of them were likable. II liked the setting of South Dakota, but other than that, I just didn't care for this book. It was flat and unappealing. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy.
I received this book through the First Reads giveaway program.
A fairly dark and depressing book that goes back and forth between the past and present. Unfortunately it does so often within paragraphs and passages, which can be a bit disconcerting while reading. At times I found myself wondering what the point of the book was and why I was even bothering to spend my time reading it. There are hints of the writing grittiness that you find in styles similar to Updike and Steinbeck, but they are too ...more