From This Distance

From This Distance

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Robyn Gallagher inherits a car from the mother-in-law she believes disapproved of her. In it, she sets out from the town where she buried Muriel, on the banks of the Bay of Fundy, to go on a cross-country road trip back to her home in Calgary. Although there are hazards along the way, Robyn discovers that her journey crosses more than just physical terrain. The long stretches of solitude enable her to finally speak her mind to Muriel, to settle old scores, and to seize the opportunity to reflect on where she stands -- both within herself and within the world.

At times furious, funny, and deeply compassionate, From This Distance is the life-affirming story of one woman's liberation from limited expectations.

Publisher: Toronto : Cormorant Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9781897151402
Characteristics: 463 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jan 21, 2013

I am almost finished this book and absolutely love it! It's like she's writing my story. The author gives an excellent picture of the life of women who follow their men across this vast country to find work and, in the finding, sometimes lose themselves. The protagonist's relationship with her mother-in-law rings so true...both loving and antagonistic. This is a beautiful story both in McLaughlin's descriptions of Canada and the vagaries of families. Excellent read!

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