Paula Saunders

 
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Paula Saunders' debut novel,
The Distance Home


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.

 

 

 

Available in bookstores

 
 Random House
 
 

advance praise for The Distance Home


 
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In The Distance Home, a family’s story – its past, its present, and (most surprising) its future – traces the intricate, often subterranean lines that connect damage to redemption, creation to dissolution, and the everyday to the eternal, just to name several of its moving and startling aspects. It’s a true, and rare, accomplishment.
— MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM
The Distance Home is a bracing and beautiful novel about a fierce struggle for love and understanding in a South Dakota family, and about aspiration (both thwarted and encouraged) in an unforgiving place. Read it – it will break your heart and open it up.
— MAILE MELOY, Author of "Do Not Become Alarmed"
 
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The Distance Home is a deeply involving portrait of the American postwar family – its promises and disruptions – surrounded by a rich, shimmering, sensuous South Dakota landscape.
— JENNIFER EGAN
 
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Paula Saunders has given us a riveting family saga for the ages. The Distance Home is fresh, with a seductive Midwestern innocence, though the book’s outwardly ideal clan holds dark secrets that kept me turning pages into the wee hours. This is one of the best books I’ve read in years – destined to become a classic.
— MARY KARR
 
An extraordinary debut...The Distance Home is heartbreaking and full of compassion while also managing to be exacting, precise, and truthful. It accomplishes what great fiction should: We get a glimpse of our own humanity – a hard-won clarity – through the story of this particular haunted family and the woman who moved on, survived, but never exactly left.
— DANA SPIOTTA, Author of "Innocents and Others" and "Stone Arabia"
 
Set in the isolation of South Dakota prairie towns and then the provincialism of Rapid City, The Distance Home is an exemplary story of what hardworking people suffered in Middle America in the late twentieth century while striving to achieve dreams. This soul-searching first novel offers everywhere that most mysterious and essential of artistic achievements: heart.
— DOUGLAS UNGER, Author of "Leaving the Land" and "Voices From Silence"
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about Paula Saunders


 photo by Chloe Aftel

photo by Chloe Aftel

 

Paula Saunders grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota. She is a graduate of the Syracuse University creative writing program, and was awarded a postgraduate Albert Schweitzer Fellowship 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.


press


 
 
… a meditation on the violence of American ambition – and a powerful call for self-examination.
— NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
 
 
… a penetrating and insightful deconstruction of a Midwestern family.
— PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY
 
 
A gripping story of an American family over years of turmoil, and an examination of the choice to live an artistic life.
— ReadItForward
 Picador/UK Cover

Picador/UK Cover

 

 

 

For media inquiries only, please contact
Melanie DeNardo mdenardo@penguinrandomhouse.com

For UK media inquiries, please contact
Camilla Elworthy c.elworthy@macmillan.co.uk


events


 photo by Alena Saunders

photo by Alena Saunders

Tour Dates 

Santa Cruz, CA
August 13, 2018, 7 pm - Bookshop Santa Cruz
 
San Francisco, CA
August 16, 2018, 6 pm - Book Passage
 
Davis, CA
September 8, 2018 - Stories on Stage Davis
 
Los Angeles, CA
September 13, 2018, 7:30 pm - Skylight Books
 
Syracuse, NY
October 4, 2018, 7 pm - Barnes & Noble
 
Newton, MA
October 9, 2018 - Newtonville Books

New York, NY
October 11, 2018 - McNally Jackson Books
 
Calgary, Canada
October 13-14, 2018 - Calgary International Writers Festival
 
Las Vegas, NV
October 18-21, 2018 - Las Vegas Book Festival

Atlanta, GA
November 13, 2018 - A Cappella Books, Writers @ The Wrecking Bar