How Far Is the Ocean from Here
By Amy Shearn
(Crown, Hardcover, 9780307405340, 320pp.)
Publication Date: July 22, 2008
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“An accomplished and sophisticated debut...an affecting portrayal of the lengths people travel for love and companionship.” —Publishers Weekly
Susannah Prue is a young, unmarried surrogate mother who, in the days before her delivery date, panics. Jumping into her car, she flees her Chicago home and a few days later pulls up to a bleak motel in the Southwest—the Thunder Lodge. There, she encounters misfits, much like herself, who also carry secrets: the motel’s terse proprietors, their mentally disabled son, and a woman transporting her niece to the father she’s never met. But when the parents of Susannah’s baby discover her whereabouts, she can no longer ignore the profound power she holds over their lives.
Beautifully written, How Far Is the Ocean from Here explores the ways in which people care for one another and the ways in which they fail, the kinds of families we create when we have no one else to turn to, and the strangeness and unpredictability of love.
AMY SHEARN’s work has appeared in Jane, West Branch, Salt Hill, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn. This is her first novel.
Visit her at amyshearn.com