The Resource The distance home : a novel, Paula Saunders

The distance home : a novel, Paula Saunders

Label
The distance home : a novel
Title
The distance home
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Paula Saunders
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • 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
  • In the years after World War II, the bleak yet beautiful plains of South Dakota still embody all the contradictions of the old frontier. René shares a home, a family, and a passion for dance with her older brother, Leon. Their lives are on different paths, both struggling for the approval of their father. René is a born spitfire, Leon is a gentle soul, the only boy in their ballet class. As the years pass René and Leon grow apart, and Leon embarks on a path of despair and self-destruction. -- adapted from jacket
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
Theme
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10685212
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Saunders, Paula
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3619.A8249
LC item number
D57 2018
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Families
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Father and child
  • Father and child
  • Father and child
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Families
Target audience
adult
Label
The distance home : a novel, Paula Saunders
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1002722482
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
292 pages
Isbn
9780525508748
Lccn
2017032621
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40028357383
System control number
(OCoLC)1002722482
Label
The distance home : a novel, Paula Saunders
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1002722482
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
292 pages
Isbn
9780525508748
Lccn
2017032621
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40028357383
System control number
(OCoLC)1002722482

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