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The Shortest Way Homeby Juliette Fay
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Reminiscent of Jonathan Tropper and Marisa de los Santos, a novel full of humor, heart, and hope for finding yourself where you least expect to
Sean Doran has spent twenty years in third-world war zones and natural disaster areas, fully embracing what he'd always felt was his purpose: to do as much good as possible.
But when burnout sets in, Sean finds himself reluctantly drawn home to Belham, Massachusetts, the setting of Juliette Fay's much-loved Shelter Me. There, he discovers that his steely elderly aunt, dramatic sister, and quirky nephew are having a little natural disaster of their own, and that midlife romance gets complicated fast when the high school queen bee is involved. But it's an old friend—the class wallflower—who has Sean wondering if his destiny is about to be rewritten all over again, in another perfect serving of a slice of life from the irresistible Fay.
"Three decades ago, Sean Doran's mother died at 33 of Huntington's disease, and his father, a merchant marine, left Sean and his two siblings in the care of their cold and distant Aunt Vivian. Though the siblings grow up aware of the threat of Huntington's, they've never been tested; Sean's sentiment, 'I didn't take it. I didn't want to know,' is shared by all. Sean, now 44, has spent years exploring the world as a nurse, from one war-torn region to another. But when his brother, Hugh, dies of pneumonia, his sister, Deidre, puts her acting career on hold to care for Hugh's son, Kevin, and their aunt, who she says has 'lost it.' Sean returns from Africa and assumes the parental burden, a responsibility for which he is ill equipped. Soon, he reconnects with Becky, his childhood friend, but their budding romance is threatened by Sean's pathological reluctance to put down roots, and he has to finally decide what's most important to him. Fay's third novel (after Deep Down True) is a touching exploration of a damaged family working to repair itself, with universal appeal in Sean's reluctance to assume responsibility. Agent: Theresa Park." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From the author of Shelter Me--a funny and poignant novel about having your heart in the right place.
Newly divorced Dana Stellgarten has always been unfailingly nice- even to telemarketers-but now her temper is wearing thin. Money is tight, her kids are reeling from their dad's departure, and her Goth teenage niece has just landed on her doorstep. As she enters the slipstream of post-divorce romance and is befriended by the town queen bee, Dana finds that the tension between being true to yourself and being liked doesn't end in middle school... and that sometimes it takes a real friend to help you embrace adulthood in all its flawed complexity.
A NOVEL FULL OF HUMOR AND HOPE FOR FINDING YOURSELF WHERE YOU LEAST EXPECTED
Sean has spent twenty years in Third World war zones and natural disaster areas, fully embracing what hed always felt was his lifes mission. But when burnout sets in, Sean is reluctantly drawn home to Belham, Massachusetts, the setting of Fays much-loved Shelter Me. There, he discovers that his steely aunt, overly dramatic sister, and quirky nephew are having a little natural disaster of their own. When he reconnects with a woman from his past, Sean has to wonder if the bonds of love and loyalty might just rewrite his destiny. Completely relatable, The Shortest Way Home is another perfect serving of a slice of life from the irresistible Fay.
Winner of the Library Journal Award for Best Women's Fiction
About the Author
Juliette Fay received a bachelor's degree from Boston College and a master's degree from Harvard University. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children. Shelter Me was her first novel. Deep Down True is her second.
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