The Distance Between Us

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Review, 2004 - Domestic fiction - 373 pages
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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.

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User Review  - bookczuk - LibraryThing

My previous venture into Maggie O'Farrell's writing left me less than satisfied with the story, but more than satisfied with the writing (barring some confusion at the end.) This story, however, was ... Read full review

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User Review  - kk1 - LibraryThing

Thought I'd read it before, but couldn't remember the story from the back cover, just snippets - the Hong Kong crush and an Italian family in Scotland (and both of these remind me of other stories). I ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

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.

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