The Shortest Distance Between Two Women

Publisher: Bantam
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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Chapter One


THE FIRST QUESTION:

After all these years is there any chance in sweet hell you would see me again?

The very moment Emma Lauryn Gilford presses the play button on her answering machine and hears the voice of a man she has not seen or heard from at least two pant sizes ago boldly...
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READING GUIDE

Attention: Some plot spoilers in this guide.

1. What do you think the book’s title means? What do you think the definition of the word “distance” is in the context of what happens in the novel?

2.Out of the four Gilford sisters–Emma, Erika, Debra, and Joy–...

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PRAISE FOR

“Women will surely connect with Radish’s empowered femmes.” —Publishers Weekly

“Radish delivers her message of sisterhood for all women while encouraging men to find their common bond with women and themselves.” —Booklist