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The Shortest Distance Between Two Women [Kindle Edition]

Kris Radish

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Book Description

Bestselling author Kris Radish takes the emotional measure of mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends in her wise and wonderful new novel of a woman unsure if she’s on the verge of a breakdown—or a breakthrough.…

After all these years is there any way you would see me again? When Emma Lauryn Gilford heard the voice on her answering machine, she thought, How dare he? She’s put a lot of distance between herself and Samuel, filling her life with work and family, lavishing her attention on her lovely nieces and a garden that’s the pride of Higgins, South Carolina. So why does his voice still have the power to make her heart skip? Why can’t she stop thinking about this man she’d forgotten so long ago?

Emma has always been the dependable daughter, the mediator of the controlled chaos always surrounding her high-strung sisters and her widowed mother, Higgins’s own senior citizen seductress. But with the annual Gilford family reunion just around the corner, at least two of her sisters approaching meltdown, and her favorite teenage niece taking sanctuary in her home, Emma’s concrete wall of self-denial is showing cracks. And on the other side is a life she can’t put off living a moment longer.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 734 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Original edition (12 Aug. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002LA0AFM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #940,370 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing book from a normally entertaining author 7 Oct. 2009
By Booksherpa - Published on
I just finished this book, and was quite disappointed in it. I've enjoyed all of Kris Radish's other books to varying degrees, with Sunday List of Dreams as my favorite. This book was the worst she's written. It was full of all the things I dislike about Kris Radish's books - an overabundance of long and colorful metaphors, one dimensional characters, men who do nothing but serve as punching bags and background material, and a woman who seemingly changes from wallflower to warrior overnight. Worst of all, the ending was utterly lame - the situation set up in the first page comes to a whimper of a resolution, leaving me totally unsatisfied and saying "That's it?!". There was little of the wit that was clearly evident in her previous books. The strong female friendships that form the core of all her books are shallow and forced here. The only characters that seem to be classic Radish are Susie Dell, Marty Gilford, and Emma's niece, Stephie, but none of these are the 4 sisters that supposedly form the main relationships of the book. The other characters have issues that seem more to be a response to the frequent criticism of Radish's characters for being unrealistic than actual character traits. Her treatment of alcoholism and infidelity in the storyline seems flat and forced.

Previous to this release, I would have named her last book as her weakest. This is not a good trend. I would get this book, and the next Radish book at your local library rather than spending money for them.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a young adult story at best 2 Sept. 2009
By Sam I Am - Published on
just read the last 3 chapters. ubelievable. i mean simply unbelievable. i don't mind a little embellishment, but please. this is a young adult story at best, and should be bannished for creating a bit too much hope for future young women.

and as far as the men in the book are concerned, they are cardboard characters. as men should read books with female characters of depth, women should read books that provide at least "some" insight into the male psyche.

avoid this and stories like it. read the last 3 chapters. nothing but kumbaya. it cheapens the emotional depth of women for that matter. i read the last chapter to my girlfriend, we laughed or maybe gagged at the level of syrup the reader is expected to swallow.

PASS on this!!!!!!!!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars wading thru the swamp of mush 16 Sept. 2009
By Katie K. - Published on
Love, love, love. The Beatles sum up this book quite well. Love, love, love. All you need is love. Though so much love can be a bit over-emotional at times. And possibly unrealistic. I don't think I've ever called either of my sisters "Sister" or "Love" or "Sweetie". They'd laugh at me. This book was over-flowing with sap and mush. I will admit that it did bring me to tears a couple of times, and I did love the story itself, the concept of women coming together through craziness and some adversity, but wow. Wading through the swamp of sappy mush as a bit tiring at times.

The other thing about the author's style that bothered me was the jumping back and forth from present to past. She'd start out a chapter in the present tense, and then revert back to a scene that happened that morning or the night before or last week or even 10 years ago. It became confusing. Am I reading about today? About yesterday? When exactly did this happen?

Ok so I realize this sounds like I didn't like the book. Not true. It kept me entertained with every turn of the page and I was invested in the life of Emma and cheered along with everyone at Stephie's pageant and would have loved to have shared a glass of wine with the women in the gazebo. It was a great journey through female emotions and finding happiness. Actually, choosing happiness. This is a book that I do recommend, but just understand that it sometimes gets nauseatingly sentimental.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED this book!!!! 18 Mar. 2010
By P. Montgomery - Published on
This is the first Kris Radish book I have read and I loved it. One reviewer said it was a young adult book but the main character is 44 and all of her sisters are older. This book spoke to me and my life and I loved how she put things in perspective. I also loved how much I laughed. Could not put it down! This is a funny woman in a serious way with serious life events and changes. I have just begun a second book of hers and compared to this one it seems a little slow but is picking up. It is one that has a lot higher rating than this one so I am sure it will be grand. Maybe the trick is to read them backwards from the print date? I plan to read them all!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dramatic and engaging story populated by believable characters and marked by dilemmas drawn from human experience 12 Jan. 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
The Shortest Distance Between Two Women is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of Kris Radish's novel about the family ties that bind. 43-year-old Emma Gilford has long been a loyal daughter, but at her family's annual reunion, the love of her life suddenly returns. Emma ponders whether she is finally at the phase of her life where it's time to put her own needs first. A dramatic and engaging story populated by believable characters and marked by dilemmas drawn from human experience, The Shortest Distance Between Two Women is an excellent addition to public library audiobook collections. 9 CDs, 10.75 hours.
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