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About the Author

George Paris creates poetry about the prairie and his recorded stories "Back When I Was Alive" and "Tales of the Dust Bowl" have been widely circulated. He lives in Topeka where he enjoys interacting with his writing group and other members of the Kansas Authors Club. This is his first novel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (April 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450204953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450204958
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,135,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wild Wood on June 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
Paris's Back When I was Alive, was delightful. I can't wait to rip throw his new novel. UPDATE::: Well, I finally read A Distant Home on my vacation and totally fell in love with several of the characters, mostly, Emily the heroine. It also made me appreciative of the great progress we have made in our society. The best part, I actually met the author and had my book signed. I would LOVE for George Paris to write a novel on the adventures of Edna Mae Stumble - now there's a story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah D. Moeder on December 30, 2010
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I was very surprised that a male author could so flawlessly pen the emotions of a new mother, it was wonderful (as a new mother to my own baby) to read the thoughts and struggles of someone so close to my own age and circumstance. This writing has inspired me to be a better mother and wife, the author so beautifully describes the hard trials of this womans life, and it really made me see how easy we have things today. Reading about the day to day chores of early 20th century farmers wives made me appreciate my own modern conveniences and helped me see I have a lot of time on my hands that I didn't even realize before. It sounds a little cheesy but this book has changed my life, because now when I think I have too much to do, I remember the main character of the story and I realize not only is my life not as hard as I sometimes think, but even if it were, you can always get through whatever trials come your way. A little hard work never hurt anybody!
You should definitely read this story! It is beautifully written and a very original plot : )
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Jones on August 20, 2010
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This historical fiction recreates midwest family farm life during the 1910-20s. It provides a credible description of family members and relives decisions and challenges faced in farming. The details of domestic animals and wild life, of household items and chores, create a feeling of place in a thoroughly convincing way. This novel provides the understandable desperation faced in the next decade that led to major migration from dust bowl to California as documented in the fiction of John Steinbeck.
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A Distant Home falls in the category of historical fiction, although the setting in Lane County, Kansas is an actual place: a farm outside the town of Dighton, Kansas. The story takes place in 1920 when western Kansas was nearly an empty plane, void of trees. The story is based on facts about Paris' mother's life during the early years of her marriage. It is also about Paris' father and two uncles. Many of the events actually happened while others are strictly fiction. Paris changed the names of all the characters to, as he states, "protect the innocent."

Emily Maxwell, a high school principal from eastern Kansas, married David O'Malley and moved to western Kansas. The house she was promised was unfinished because of the 1919 failed wheat crop. She was forced to move into a crowded unfinished home with her extended family: Mother and Father-in-law, Brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and a nephew.

On a daily basis, Emily deals with the cruel comments from David's family because she is educated, a suffragist, and a strong willed woman who is determined to make her marriage work. David is also slowly growing hostile toward her and their newborn daughter, Rachel, because he is still under his father's influence. Gus O'Malley believes a woman's place is in the home and that she should do as her husband says. In another time, Emily would have done just that, but being an important political time in history for women, Emily stood her ground.

While A Distant Home is a serious book, it has plenty of humor. In this day and age who would have ever thought that just telling your sister-in-law that you heard a rumor about her would lead to her getting married. It happens in the books.
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