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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014312191X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143121916
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Sean Doran is an expert at keeping his family at a distance, for good reason. His mother died a long, slow death from Huntington’s disease, and Sean isn’t certain that he’s dodged that genetically passed bullet. So he finds his purpose as a nurse in Third World countries, patching up strangers, victims of tribal warfare. Twenty years after his mother’s death, he flies back to the States to recharge and steps into a whole new disaster zone. His elderly aunt is showing signs of dementia, his 11-year-old orphaned nephew seems to be raising himself, and Sean’s sister, fed up with keeping an eye on both, heads off to pursue an acting career. Fay’s third novel follows the heartfelt journey of a man who has spent a lifetime escaping family ties only to discover a pull much more fulfilling than leaving. Fans of Fay’s first novel, Shelter Me (2009), will spot a familiar face in Sean’s hometown, and readers old and new will fall in love with the flawed, endearing cast of characters. A beautifully written novel infused with Fay’s generous spirit. --Diane Holcomb

Review

Praise for The Shortest Way Home:

“Fay is one of the best authors of women’s fiction, and her novels are not to be missed. A moving, introspective look at what it means to be family, and to be truly home.”
Library Journal, starred review

“Fans of Fay’s first novel, Shelter Me (2009), will spot a familiar face in Sean’s hometown, and readers old and new will fall in love with the flawed, endearing cast of characters. A beautifully written novel infused with Fay’s generous spirit.”
Booklist

“Fay’s third novel (after Deep Down True) is a touching exploration of a damaged family working to repair itself, with universal appeal.”
Publishers Weekly

“Full of humorous and tender moments as well as subtle revelations, The Shortest Way Home is a quietly powerful exploration of one man's journey back to himself.”
Bookreporter.com

The Shortest Way Home is as complex and full of surprises as the well-examined life. This is one beautiful novel, rich with depth and heart.”
Julianna Baggott, bestselling author of Pure

The Shortest Way Home is Juliette Fay’s best yet and shows us that loving the people in your life can be as exciting, as daring, as difficult an adventure as any.”
—Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of Falling Together and Love Walked In

The Shortest Way Home is full of heart and of understanding about the often awkward
collection we call ‘family.’”
Meg Waite Clayton, bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters

“If you’ve ever thought you or anyone in your family might be just a bit less than perfect, read this book.”
—Nancy Thayer, author of Summer Breeze

“With trademark wit and grace, Juliette Fay portrays a man forced to rescue his family as he reaches for his own freedom. She keeps you turning the pages, even as you want to stop and admire her writing.”
—Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Murderer’s Daughters

“Insightful, funny, and tender-hearted…full of truths about family, falling in love, and finding out who we are meant to be.”
—Amy Hatvany, author of Best Kept Secret and Outside the Lines

“A touching and engrossing story about the lengths to which we’ll go to avoid where we’re meant to be, and the way the heart leads us gently back.”
Nichole Bernier, author of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.

“A smart, sincere look at the meaning of home, the complicated nature of family ties, and how the things we run from are often what we need the most."
—Allie Larkin, author of Why Can’t I Be You

“Heartfelt... Juliette Fay does a wonderful job creating this quirky, lovable cast of characters finding their way in life and love.”
Shilpi Somaya Gowda, New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter

"Powerful, beautifully written, and at times heartbreaking… a meditation on the impossibility and the inevitability of finding our way home.”
—Julie Buxbaum
, author of After You


Praise for Deep Down True:
 
"Sincere, powerful and heartfelt, Deep Down True will resonate with women everywhere . . . I loved Fay’s true-to-life characters and her ability to portray the intricate dynamics of friendship and family in such an immediately recognizable way."
Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Heart of the Matter and Where We Belong

"I love Deep Down True for its intensely human characters and for the way the author grants them their flaws as generously as she celebrates their daily decencies, their persistent hopefulness, their moments of personal grace."
Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of Falling Together and Love Walked In
 
“Enormously readable and hugely relatable!”
Kelly Corrigan, New York Times bestselling author of The Middle Place and Lift 
 
"Engrossing, touching, and immensely satisfying. The truth shines on every page. I’d almost be willing to go back to junior high if I could sit at Juliette Fay’s lunch table!"
Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author of Thin, Rich, Pretty and When in Doubt, Add Butter
 
"Fay deals honestly with Dana’s emotional journey . . . and gives readers a believable cast, from the daughter struggling with the wolf-pack mentality of middle school to Dana’s sometimes obnoxious yet fiercely loving sister. It expertly walks a heavily trodden path."
Publishers Weekly 
 
"Fay imbues Dana with the smarts and insecurities that war within most of us. Highly recommended for fans of women’s fiction featuring resilient heroines.”
Library Journal 
 
"Heartwarming, funny, well-penned . . . a solid page-turner, right through to the touching end."
Booklist
 
"Tackles a host of serious issues in a remarkably thoughtful fashion . . . What’s more, it’s just a genuinely good story."
Bookreporter


Praise for Shelter Me:
 
“Fay keeps the reader engaged with a vivid descriptive palette evoking the little details of life in a small town. She also does a beautiful job capturing the ebb and flow of single motherhood, from small miracles and little annoyances to the big ordeals.”
The Boston Globe
 
“A wise and inspirational debut. Readers will be charmed.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“What a gorgeous paradox of a book: a deep, thoughtful exploration of a young mother’s first year of widowhood that is as much a page-turner as any thriller. The translucent beauty of the writing and the sheer humanity of the characters pulled me along.”
Marisa de Los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of Falling Together and Love Walked In
 
“Juliette Fay can hit the high notes of emotion with unexpected moments of redemption and wry humor.”
Jacqueline Sheehan, author of Lost & Found
 
“A richly told story. Fay writes with vivid dialogue and conjures up characters that feel real enough to be sitting in your kitchen.”
Lee Woodruff, New York Times bestselling author of In An Instant

More About the Author

Juliette Fay's latest novel, THE SHORTEST WAY HOME, was chosen as one of Library Journal's Top 5 "Best Books of 2012: Women's Fiction." Juliette's first novel, SHELTER ME, was a 2009 Massachusetts Book Award "Must-Read Book," a Target Bookmark Club selection, and on the American Booksellers Association's Indie Next list. Her second, DEEP DOWN TRUE, was short-listed for the Women's Fiction award by the American Library Association.

Juliette 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. When she's not trying to keep track of her kids or daydreaming about her next story, Juliette can be reached on her website, www.juliettefay.com; on Facebook at Juliette Fay, author; and on Twitter @juliettefay.

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This is the story of a man who has dedicated his life to helping others.
Dina
When I realized that I could finish the book at my next sitting, I actually waited to read it because I didn't want it to end!
Spirit Girl
I once again found myself captivated by the story and the vivid characters so beautifully developed by Ms. Fay.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Voracious Reader on October 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
In THE SHORTEST WAY HOME the author shows how family and friends intertwine over the years--how friend become family, how family ties require sacrifice--and all of it written so well that the pages turn until you realize you should have turned the light off hours ago. Juliette Faye is generous with her characters, even when they are acting in the most foolish of ways. A beautiful book.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Old book lover on October 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I don't usually read books with titles like this, but I was urged to read Juliette Fay's first two books by my wife and loved them. But in this book, Fay really hits her stride as a writer, and I love good writing. This novel is fabulous, and I don't just think so because the protagonist is male. She truly gets inside her characters, and then makes us care about them. Another thing: I don't read novels that are merely good time-passers. I want to feel I am learning something valuable.too. The way Fay leads us through tense emotional scenes and then resolves them in unexpected ways expands your understanding of the human condition. The Shortest Way Home is wise and warm and wonderful. You will be awfully glad you picked it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By bustudent2011 on October 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Juliette Fay does it again. I couldn't put down The Shortest Way Home. Fay employs believable dialogue to create characters that are astonishingly relate-able. I'm always surprised by how attached I grow to her characters, characters who live seemingly worlds apart from me, those with whom I would have previously thought I had nothing in common. The depth of her understanding of human emotion (and her ability to express it) pervades once more in this new novel.

From the readers in small towns to those who have traveled the world, from the readers with close family to those with family long lost: this book is for you.

In short, The Shortest Way Home is a thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing read about love, the ties that bind, and the pursuit of happiness that I'll recommend to all my friends.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on October 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I love, love, love this book. It made me think and feel and question. It has all the ingredients for a cerebral read that will capture your heart and make you hope the story doesn't end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Bookhounds VINE VOICE on November 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
MY THOUGHTS

LOVED IT

Sean's mother died young of Huntington's Disease, something he has a 50-50 chance of inheriting. As a nurse who has devoted his life to helping those in need in the most desperate of areas, he is now burned out and heading home, something he has avoided through his good deeds. When he arrives there, he realizes that his aunt Vivian might have dementia or Alzheimers while his sister, Deidre, is clueless while she tries to be an actress. His nephew, Kevin, has his own issues, mainly he is raising himself because his mother is so self-absorbed. As Sean connects more with Kevin, a friend points out that his nephew may be suffering from a disease himself, possibly a sensory processes disorder. Sean promises to himself that he will only stay until he gets his family in order.

Although, Sean is now at age where he may have dodged the Huntington bullet, he wonders if he has been running away from life itself. Of course, there is a slight detour in his plans as he reconnects with a girl from high school, so a bit of romance is in play here. I really enjoyed the way the medical information was worked into the story, full of interesting details that added to the story, rather than detract. Even with the seriousness of the topic, Fay reveals a good amount of humor for this subject. If you read Shelter Me, a few of the characters are roaming around this one as well and you get a few updates on their statuses. I really enjoy Fay's style of writing, full of things that make you feel good after reading them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Bryan on October 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Juliette Fay has done it again. Her ability to create characters, both sympathetic and flawed, makes me come back for more. Sean's story is one of great emotional struggle but he has an essential goodness. He is empathetic, a quality that surprises him throughout his journey. The Shortest Way... has a wonderful cast of characters. Some are more lovable than others (Kevin, Rebecca, Cormac, Barb) but there are no villains. This is a story of forgiveness. Everyone has their story, their reasons, hurts, rationalizations, etc. (Aunt Vivvy, Diedre, Da). Ms. Fay gets the way in which families are complicated and how forgiveness is the true gift. Thanks for making me laugh, cry, and forgive.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BostonWriter on November 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
I love books that take me to another place, either geographically or emotionally, and that teach me things -- and this book did all three. I was transported to the DR of Congo, but also to the world of a person who thinks he has a certain genetic death sentence, and has to rearrange his lifelong views of his future when he learns this isn't true. Sean Doran is a complex, conflicted international aid worker with real heart but needs to rediscover the obligations of the heart closer to home. Is it possible to be selfless and giving to strangers but selfish at the same time? Is it possible for a woman to write convincingly about male friendships and what it means to be a reluctantly-involved brother, uncle and nephew? This moving page-turned gives a huge yes to both.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Provost on November 16, 2012
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Fay has an amazing ability to create characters and dialogue. I could not put this book down. From the beginning, I was drawn to the characters in The Shortest Way Home, each of whom possesses shortcomings and attributes so typical in everyday life. It's thought-provoking, warm and rich with humor and poignancy. I particularly loved reading about Sean's developing relationship with his nephew Kevin; it reminds all of us of the importance of relating and listening to children -- our own as well as others. I highly recommend this book - whether you're male, female, young or older - you'll enjoy the ride. This book makes my holiday gift-buying easy!
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