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The Resource The Distance Home

The Distance Home

Label
The Distance Home
Title
The Distance Home
Statement of responsibility
Paula Saunders
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Language
eng
Summary
"[Paula] Saunders skillfully illuminates how time heals certain wounds while deepening others. . . . A mediation of the violence of American ambition."—The New York Times Book ReviewNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLE"A deeply involving portrait of the American postwar family" (Jennifer Egan) about sibling rivalry, dark secrets, and a young girl's struggle with freedom and artistic desire In the years after World War II, the bleak yet beautiful plains of South Dakota still embody all the contradictions—the ruggedness and the promise—of the old frontier. This is a place where you can eat strawberries from wild vines, where lightning reveals a boundless horizon, where descendants of white settlers and native Indians continue to collide, and where, for most, there are limited options. René shares a home, a family, and a passion for dance with her older brother, Leon. Yet for all they have in common, their lives are on remarkably different paths. In contrast to René, a born spitfire, Leon is a gentle soul. The only boy in their ballet class, Leon silently endures often brutal teasing. Meanwhile, René excels at everything she touches, basking in the delighted gaze of their father, whom Leon seems to disappoint no matter how hard he tries. As the years pass, René and Leon's parents fight with increasing frequency—and ferocity. Their father—a cattle broker—spends more time on the road, his sporadic homecomings both yearned for and dreaded by the children. And as René and Leon grow up, they grow apart. They grasp whatever they can to stay afloat—a word of praise, a grandmother's outstretched hand, the seductive attention of a stranger—as René works to save herself, crossing the border into a larger, more hopeful world, while Leon embarks on a path of despair and self-destruction. Tender, searing, and unforgettable, The Distance Home is a profoundly American story spanning decades—a tale of haves and have-nots, of how our ideas of winning and losing, success and failure, lead us inevitably into various problems with empathy and caring for one another. It's a portrait of beauty and brutality in which the author's compassionate narration allows us to sympathize, in turn, with everyone involved."A riveting family saga for the ages . . . one of the best books I've read in years."—Mary Karr "Saunders' debut is an exquisite, searing portrait of family and of people coping with whatever life throws at them while trying to keep close to one another."—Booklist (starred review)
Summary
Two siblings enduring a hardscrabble existence in 1960s rural South Dakota pursue separate but equally extreme measures to find creative outlets and escape the dark, secretive elements of their community
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10685212
Cataloging source
BT
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1957-
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Saunders, Paula
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
The Distance Home
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:44bb4076-be54-40f3-a0d7-11cc0bcddd95
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780525508755
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Distance Home
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:44bb4076-be54-40f3-a0d7-11cc0bcddd95
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780525508755
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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