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The Shortest Way Home

Juliette Fay

A man returns home to confront a family legacy of Huntington's disease in Fay's (Deep Down True, 2011) absorbing latest. For years, Sean Doran has avoided his hometown of Belham, Massachusetts, where his mother died of Huntington's 20 years ago. A nurse in Third World countries, he spends his time caring for victims of war and natural disasters. But then his brother dies, leaving his sister to care for their 11-year-old nephew and elderly aunt. So Sean reluctantly returns home to face a family ravaged by grief--and an ex-girlfriend he's never forgotten. A beautifully written novel infused with tears and laughter.