In The Distancers, seven
generations worth of joy and heartache is artfully forged into a family portrait
that is at once universally American yet singularly Lee Sandlin’s own. From the
nineteenth century German immigrants who settled on a small Midwestern farm, to
the proud and upright aunts and uncles with whom Sandlin spent the summers of
his youth, a whole history of quiet ambition and stoic pride—of successes, failures,
and above all endurance—leaps off the page in a sweeping American family epic.
Touching on The Great Depression, World War II, the American immigrant
experience, and the uses of proper manners, The
Distancers is a beautiful and stark Midwestern drama about a time and place
long since vanished, where the author learned the value of family and the art
of keeping one’s distance. Download and start listening now!