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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (580 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Juliette Fay Narrator: Sean Runnett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sean Doran has spent twenty years in third-world war zones and natural disaster areas, fully embracing what he’d always felt was his purpose: doing as much good as possible. But when burnout sets in, Sean finds himself reluctantly drawn home to Belham, Massachusetts, the setting of Juliette Fay’s much-loved Shelter Me. There, he discovers that his steely elderly aunt, dramatic sister, and quirky nephew are having a little natural disaster of their own. When he reconnects with a woman from his past, Sean has to wonder if his destiny is about to be rewritten all over again.

Another perfect slice of life from the irresistible Fay, this novel is full of humor, heart, and hope for finding yourself where you least expect to.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Shortest Way Home is Juliette Fay’s best yet and shows us that loving the people in your life can be as exciting, as daring, as difficult an adventure as any.”

    Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author

  • “If you’ve ever thought you or anyone in your family might be just a bit less than perfect, read this book.”

    Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Heartfelt…Juliette Fay does a wonderful job creating this quirky, lovable cast of characters finding their way in life and love.”

    Shilpi Somaya Gowda, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Fay once again draws readers into an absorbing world of domestic complications and heart-tugging characters…Fay deftly handles the intricacies and emotions of family life while keeping the pace brisk. She also incorporates characters from her previous novel, Shelter Me, and these glimpses into their future are a joy. Verdict: Fay is one of the best authors of women’s fiction, and her novels are not to be missed. A moving, introspective look at what it means to be family and to be truly home. Recommended for public libraries.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A touching exploration of a damaged family working to repair itself, with universal appeal in Sean’s reluctance to assume responsibility.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fans of Fay’s first novel, Shelter Me, will spot a familiar face in Sean’s hometown, and readers old and new will fall in love with the flawed, endearing cast of characters. A beautifully written novel infused with Fay’s generous spirit.”


  • The Shortest Way Home is…as complex and full of surprises as the well-examined lifeThis is one beautiful novel, rich with depth and heart.”

    Julianna Baggott, bestselling author of Pure

  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2012: Women's Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Darlene | 2/19/2014

    " A wonderful book about family and responsibility. This delightful novel is full of humor and hope for finding yourself where you least expected. I have never read anything by Juliette Fay before but expect to correct that shortly. Hopeing there is is a sequel to this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alexis | 2/16/2014

    " Its the story of a traveling nomad who takes a trip "home" and then has to figure out where to go next. I actually really enjoyed this book especially due to my own restless/ rootless-ness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marion | 2/9/2014

    " Maybe a bit predictable, but very engaging with likeable characters who feel real and are engaged in genuine emotional growth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Gigi | 2/2/2014

    " 2.5 stars. "Meh" "

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