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Distant Shores: A Novel Paperback – June 28, 2011
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Elizabeth and Jackson Shore married young, raised two daughters, and weathered the storms of youth as they built a family. From a distance, their lives look picture perfect. But after the girls leave home, Jack and Elizabeth quietly drift apart. When Jack accepts a wonderful new job, Elizabeth puts her own needs aside to follow him across the country. Then tragedy turns Elizabeth’s world upside down. In the aftermath, she questions everything about her life—her choices, her marriage, even her long-forgotten dreams. In a daring move that shocks her husband, friends, and daughters, she lets go of the woman she has become—and reaches out for the woman she wants to be.
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“In fast-moving prose punctuated by snappy asides, [Kristin] Hannah examines whether love and commitment are enough to sustain a marriage when two people who have put their individual dreams on ice get a chance to defrost them. . . . Bottom Line: Shore bet.”—People
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- Publisher : Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (June 28, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345469372
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345469373
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.14 x 0.73 x 7.93 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #27,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I will continue to read books by this author because I know what she is capable of, but I am sorry I made this purchase.
I loved this book when I read it years ago but now I find that this book took on a whole new meaning for me. A marriage gone stale. A woman who had lost herself within the confines of a marriage. This happens many a time for a marriage lasting decades. Add one partner who sucks all of the life out of the other and it's only a matter of time before something breaks. I could finally really identify with Birdie. I was Birdie. I thought she was fully realized by the author. Jack was also fully realized. My husband was also Jack. Some of the other parts of this wonderful story were different from mine. It was the core that was so very important this time. I thought this was the most epic read for me. I will keep this copy in my small library so I can read it another time. I hope other folks give this older book a chance. Spectacular work! denise bailey
Ultimately, Elizabeth finds herself, and her talent for painting is reawakened. Jack comes to understand what's important in life, and it's not his job or being famous. The only question is, is it too late?
Great women's fiction with a romantic relationship at the core.
A couple that married young, survived several challenges, starts to grow apart after the children have gone and the wife realizes she has given up herself for her husband and children. The book was published in early 2002 and the characters are about the same age as I was at that point. I found their actions and thoughts not realistic. Elizabeth, the wife, lived the life of a 1950s wife. Jackson, the former football start husband, was shallow and one-dimensional. I never really connected with either one. And the daughters were one-dimensional, one perfect and one goth.
The outcome was too easy. Just overall weak.
I could summarize it as follows:
Another well-to-do white woman reaches middle age, and realizes she has lost passion for her own interests. She and her husband Jack can never communicate how they are really feeling, so they separate. During the separation, her husband becomes an over-drinking womanizing fame monger, a repeated pattern from his younger days. During the torturous read, a cast of shallow characters comes and goes. In the end, the main character realizes she still loves her husband (not knowing that he cheated—and is still cheating—on her during their separation) and the husband realizes that he misses the idea of family, and to his credit, becomes a marginally better father to his grown daughters. Main character tries her hand at painting again, and the public reaction is that it’s terrible. Strangely enough, her community college art teacher loves her work and kisses her romantically even though he is her daughters’ age. And even more unbelievably, she and her husband get back together, and despite the fact that she is only a mediocre artist at best, she gets accepted into graduate school (Columbia, no less) for art. Inexplicably, she decides to follow her husband to NY (which she hates) where he works, leaving the house of her dreams on a beautiful private beach (which she loves). The reader knows that the unwritten epilogue to this story would be that Jack’s cheating, narcissistic ways are what’s really wrong in this marriage. The End.
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, I read her book, I felt her arrogance a little by little. I guess this will be the kast. Although, it was her early book, what I believe is people don't change.