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The Distance between Usby Masha Hamilton
Synopses & Reviews
Caddie Blair feels everything strongly — and so she works hard to keep her distance. It’s the ethical thing for a journalist to do, especially in a war-torn region like the Middle East. And Caddie wants to believe that nothing is as important as covering “the story.”
There’s room for passion in her life — but that’s only physical. And Caddie keeps even those fleeting attachments under wraps, secretive, because she knows that when a journalist even appears to lose her detachment, she is already lost.
So what is Caddie to feel when her lover dies beside her — shot in an ambush on the way to the next promising political interview, across the Israeli border into Lebanon?
An authentic look at the emotional and ethical chaos within a war correspondent who becomes a bit too involved, Masha Hamilton’s The Distance Between Us is a straight-ahead story of human passion — desire, conviction, and the guilt of a survivor — struggling for order within the frayed justice of the Middle East conflict.
A seasoned journalist herself, Masha Hamilton brings to this revealing novel the sharp eye and deep empathy that marked her debut, Staircase of a Thousand Steps (BlueHen, 2001). Beautifully turned, and peopled with an astounding cast of characters who are as true as they are perceptive, The Distance Between Us is finally the portrait of one woman’s search for the narrow pass between vengeance and emotional survival, when her only true attachment has been torn away from her.
“If we knew where we were going to fall,” the novel’s most enigmatic character tells her, “we could spread straw.”
"Searing." The San Diego Union Tribune
"A compelling tale of reprisal and endurance with a rich cast of characters. With prose both beguiling and elegant, the story will strike a chord in readers following current events in the Middle East." Library Journal
This beautifully turned novel is the heartfelt story of a war correspondent who loses her lover and her detachment in one tragic moment within a seemingly endless conflict.
Caddie Blair feels everything strongly--and so she works hard to keepher distance. It's the ethical thing for a journalist to do, especiallyin a war-torn region like the Middle East. And Caddie wants to believethat nothing is as important as covering "the story."There's room for passion in her life--but that's only physical. AndCaddie keeps even those fleeting attachments under wraps, secretive,because she knows that when a journalist even appears to lose herdetachment, she is already lost.So what is Caddie to feel when her lover dies beside her--shot in anambush on the way to the next promising political interview, across theIsraeli border into Lebanon?An authentic look at the emotional and ethical chaos within a warcorrespondent who becomes a bit too involved, Masha Hamilton's TheDistance Between Usis a straight-ahead story of human passion--desire,conviction, and the guilt of a survivor--struggling for order within thefrayed justice of the Middle East conflict.
About the Author
For ten years, Masha Hamilton worked as a foreign correspondent overseas, first for the Associated Press in the Middle East and then as a Moscow correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. Masha covered the intifada the peace process, and the partial Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. Later, she reported on the coup and collapse of the Soviet Union and the growing independence in Soviet Republics as well as Kremlin politics. She reported from Afghanistan in the spring of 2004. She currently lives with her family in New York City, where she teaches for Gotham Writers’ Workshop. She is also the author of another novel, Staircase of a Thousand Steps.
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