Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781509895328
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pub Date: 29/01/2019
  • Category: Society & social sciences / Psychology of ageing
    Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    Health & personal development / Family & relationships
    C 1800 To C 1900
  • Imprint: Picador
  • Pages: 256
  • Price: $34.99

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.

Author Information

Paula Saunders grew up in South Dakota. She is a graduate of the Syracuse University creative writing program, and was awarded a postgraduate Albert Schweitzer Fellowship in the Humanities at the State University of New York at Albany, under then-Schweitzer Chair, Toni Morrison. She lives in California with her husband. They have two grown daughters.


2 May 2019

Join Paula Saunders at SWF as she discusses her novel THE DISTANCE HOME.

11:30 AM

Carriageworks, The Studio
245 Wilson Street Eveleigh NSW 2015 Website

4 May 2019

Join Paula Saunders at SWF event The Price of Ambition as she discusses depicting the cost of fulfilling or deferring ambition, approaching ideas about failure and success, and creating family narratives about characters attempting to outrun their pasts, as well as her latest book THE DISTANCE HOME.

4:30 PM

Carriageworks, Track 8
245 Wilson Street Eveleigh NSW 2015 Website