The Shortest Way Home

Juliette Fay

Penguin Books,  October 2012

Reminiscent of Jonathan Tropper and Marisa de los Santos, a novel full of humor and hope for finding yourself where you least expect to

Sean Doran has spent twenty years in third-world war zones and natural disaster areas, fully embracing his purpose: to do as much good as possible. But when burnout sets in, Sean finds himself 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. But it's an old friend -- the class wallflower -- who has Sean wondering if his destiny is about to be rewritten all over again, in another perfect serving of a slice of life from the irresistible Fay.

Paperback | ISBN: 9780143121916 | Publication Date: October 2012

"As complex and full of surprises as the well-examined life. This is one beautiful novel, rich with depth and heart."
-- Julianna Baggott, bestselling author of Pure

"Insightful, funny, and tender-hearted . . . full of beautiful and sometimes bitter truths about family, falling in love, and finding out who we are meant to be."
-- Amy Hatvany, bestselling author of Outside the Lines and Best Kept Secret

"With trademark wit and grace, Juliette Fay portrays a man forced to rescue his family as he reaches for his own freedom. Put up your feet, put aside the night, and get ready to lose some sleep."
-- Randy Susan Meyers, best selling author of The Murderer's Daughters

"Juliette Fay has created a wonderfully complex character in Sean Doran, a loveably conflicted international aid worker who illustrates that it is possible to be selfless and selfish at the same time. THE SHORTEST WAY HOME is a touching and engrossing story about the lengths to which we'll go to avoid where we're meant to be, and the way the heart leads us gently back."
-- Nichole Bernier, author of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.

"As a longtime unabashed fan of Juliette Fay and her books, I don't say this lightly: THE SHORTEST WAY HOME is her best yet. Sean Doran is splendidly human: heroic and frightened, charming and exasperating. It was wonderful to watch this wanderer of war zones and disasters come home to discover that loving the people in your life can be as exciting, as daring, as difficult an adventure as any."
-- Marisa de los Santos, bestselling author of Falling Together, Belong to Me and Love Walked In