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The Distance Between Us By Maggie O'Farrell

The Distance Between Us by Maggie O'Farrell

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Summary

Stella has fled London to confront the childhood secret which has marked her life. A set of tragic circumstances and a hasty marriage bring Jake from Hong Kong to Britain, where he embarks upon a quest for the father he never knew. When Jake and Stella meet, both of their lives are changed forever.

The Distance Between Us Summary

The Distance Between Us by Maggie O'Farrell

Set largely between Hong Kong and the Scottish Highlands, Maggie O'Farrell's third novel is a story about family and emigration - and the way you can never escape your family, or their history, no matter how far you travel. Stella - spirited, witty and passionate - has fled London to confront the childhood secret which has marked her life, and twinned her destiny with her sister's. A set of tragic circumstances and a hasty marriage bring Jake from Hong Kong to Britain, where he embarks upon a quest for the father he never knew. When Jake and Stella meet, both their lives are changed forever, but not before Stella's past is brought painfully out into the open. THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US is a loving, immensely moving and often very funny look at the way families work, which will live with the reader forever, and bring Maggie O'Farrell to her widest readership yet.

The Distance Between Us Reviews

Every bit as good, if not better, than her highly acclaimed previous novels. An intriguing plot, sympathetic characterisation and beautifully observed, sophisticated writing all make for a hugely satisfying read - Booksellers' Choice

This is the third of her seductive novels and quite the best to date ... haunting, passionate ... full of sensual language [and] vivid snapshot imagery ... this superb story ... has an extraordinary female intensity and authentic emotional punch - Barbara Trapido, The Independent

O'Farrell pulls a passionate and absorbing love story out of the bag - THE MIRROR

Maggie O'Farrell has written three novels, each of them a critical and commercial success ... her confidence in her characters' plausibility is endearing ... She tends to their emotional lives with the inexhaustible tenderness of a doting mother - FINANCIAL TIMES

hyper-sensitive examination of family relationships ... ambitious and trickily arranged narrative ... The result is a skilful, sensitive romantic novel - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Her gift for story-telling is wrapped in gold paper and tied with 15 velvet bows. Give her any synopsis you like and she would probably make it work ... Maggie O'Farrell has a magical talent for writing sensuous love scenes which are somehow touchingly old-fashioned - INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

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About Maggie O'Farrell

Maggie O'Farrell was born in Northern Ireland in 1972, and grew up in Wales and Scotland. She now lives in London. She has worked at the Poetry Society and at the Independent on Sunday, where she was Deputy Literary Editor. Her debut novel, AFTER YOU'D GONE, was published to international acclaim, and won a Betty Trask Award, her second, MY LOVER'S LOVER, was a Sunday Times Bestseller. Maggie was picked out by the Independent on Sunday as one of Britain's 20 most promising writers under 30.

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GOR011125316
9780755302659
0755302656
The Distance Between Us by Maggie O'Farrell
Used - Like New
Hardback
Headline Publishing Group
2004-03-01
384
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