- Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books/Random House; 1St Edition edition (2008)
- ASIN: B002F1138U
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,493,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
How Far is the Ocean From Here. A Novel Paperback – 2008
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Top Customer Reviews
This is literary fiction about folks who are mostly flawed through no fault of their own. Genetics and the cycle of bad parenting for some. Others are just trying to figure things out, to get to a better place in their lives. Hoping that something good will happen to them. Sometimes getting a little mixed up when they try too hard to make it happen and the hormones and heat have obviously fried their brains. Stressful situations abound for all. I would be surprised if it were by chance that it's the youngest person in the novel who seems to have his act together the most.
But what I liked best about the novel were simply the words. Ah, the beautifully, well-chosen words. You frequently get that in a first novel and this one has them in spades. As soon as our surrogate couple gets out of Chicago, Illinois scared them. The sun elbows through the clouds. The sky lowered like a disappointed forehead. The suitcases' tousled entrails fell out.
The book walks a fine line between seriousness and comic relief. The author must be quite witty and so lets her characters be too. But it is a dark novel as well. I would love to express a few thoughts about the ending but, of course, can't. I'll just say that the 2nd half of the book, I believe, is the stronger half.
It comes with a book discussion guide and this would be a great one for book clubs.Read more ›
Susannah finds the other guests and the owner Marlan, who calls her Susie Q, and his family as desperate to hide from the world or at least someone like she is. She makes friends with the owners' mentally impaired teenage son Tim and Alabamian Dicey and her niece Frank. Now Susannah is going to give birth any day, but has no idea what to do about her child, but knows what she does not desire, the disinterested Forsythe couple raising her baby.
The residents of Thunder Lodge are a terrific fully developed eccentric group who forge a family of sorts; on the other hand Kit and Julian are stereotypes of the idle rich with no purpose in life except hedonism. Julian sums it up when he suggests to Kit they should redecorate their home instead of raising a child while Susannah is already carrying. Still this is a profound character study focusing on the human need for love and belonging with others by answering the deep philosophical title question.
The plot also got so outlandish I almost couldn't take it. (SPOILER) Does Shearn honestly expect readers to believe that a woman who KIDNAPS 2 minors won't be pursued by police because she hasn't yet been gone for 24 hours?
The only reason I stuck with this book until the end was that it was being read in daily installments on our local public radio station during my drive time.
Susannah Prue is a young woman in danger of disappearing. She feels unseen and unknown by even those closest to her. She makes the radical decision to become a surrogate mother in order to do something and feel something. But, just weeks before her due date, she disappears on purpose, jumping into her car and traveling southwest, heading to the ocean, and finally finding herself --- literally and later figuratively --- at the Thunder Lodge, an empty motel in the middle of the New Mexican desert.
Run by the gruff and long isolated Marlon and Char, the motel proves an uneasy refuge for Susannah, a place she means to be only a temporary home. Soon she falls into a routine, watching the highway and spending time with the couple's strange son Tim. Susannah is attracted by Tim's beauty and simplicity, and she willfully ignores his disability, causing Marlon, and especially Char, much distress. But Susannah is also distressed, and wounded, and must decide quickly what she wants to do. It is only a matter of time before Julian and Kit, the biological and legal parents of the baby she is carrying, find her hiding at the Thunder Lodge.
Julian and Kit are the successful couple who, from all appearances, have everything that Susannah does not.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was one of the most ridiculous books I have ever read. Started out slowly. I kept thinking it was going to get better, but didn't. Read morePublished 10 months ago by karen gariety
.The author, probably a new writer, shows some writing talent. Good description and character portrayal, command of plot line. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Joan Zawacki
A rare book (for me) is one that I look forward to reading -- a book that I will gladly hop into bed early to resume. This is one of those books. Read morePublished on June 23, 2014 by Robby
A pregnant teenager, a trip across the country. Go girl go! Unusual fun book with great writing style reminded me a bit like Juno only better. A treat to read. Jackie KingonPublished on January 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Author seems to be free associating. Sorry, I can't waste my time to finish something like this when there's so many great & wonderful books yet to read.Published on January 6, 2010 by Nan Deveroux
This book was read on *chapter a Day* on public radio and I just HAD to get it ....very descriptive and unique, I liked it very muchPublished on September 14, 2009 by Joanne Devetter
This is a crazy book! I don't know how to say it better. The plot is completely implausible, the characters are all a bit out-there, and yet it all comes together in this amazing... Read morePublished on August 15, 2009 by Leah
Read this book. One of my favorites of all time. I hope Amy Shearn writes more novels as beautiful as this one.Published on January 13, 2009 by Tim Kornegay