The Shortest Way Home

  • Read by: Sean Runnette
  • Runtime: 13.7 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 10.30.2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio
  • Genre: Fiction
  • 13.65 hrs10/30/2012Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4708-1488-5
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A Library Journal Best Book of 2012: Women's Fiction

Sean Doran has spent twenty years in third-world war zones and natural disaster areas, fully embracing what he’d always felt was his purpose: doing as much good as possible. But when burnout sets in, Sean finds himself reluctantly 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. When he reconnects with a woman from his past, Sean has to wonder if his destiny is about to be rewritten all over again.

Another perfect slice of life from the irresistible Fay, this novel is full of humor, heart, and hope for finding yourself where you least expect to.

Editorial Reviews

The Shortest Way Home is Juliette Fay’s best yet and shows us that loving the people in your life can be as exciting, as daring, as difficult an adventure as any.”

Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author

“If you’ve ever thought you or anyone in your family might be just a bit less than perfect, read this book.”

Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author

“Heartfelt…Juliette Fay does a wonderful job creating this quirky, lovable cast of characters finding their way in life and love.”

Shilpi Somaya Gowda, New York Times bestselling author

“Fay once again draws readers into an absorbing world of domestic complications and heart-tugging characters…Fay deftly handles the intricacies and emotions of family life while keeping the pace brisk. She also incorporates characters from her previous novel, Shelter Me, and these glimpses into their future are a joy. Verdict: Fay is one of the best authors of women’s fiction, and her novels are not to be missed. A moving, introspective look at what it means to be family and to be truly home. Recommended for public libraries.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“A touching exploration of a damaged family working to repair itself, with universal appeal in Sean’s reluctance to assume responsibility.”

Publishers Weekly

“Fans of Fay’s first novel, Shelter Me, will spot a familiar face in Sean’s hometown, and readers old and new will fall in love with the flawed, endearing cast of characters. A beautifully written novel infused with Fay’s generous spirit.”


The Shortest Way Home is…as complex and full of surprises as the well-examined lifeThis is one beautiful novel, rich with depth and heart.”

Julianna Baggott, bestselling author of Pure

Author Biography

Juliette Fay earned her BA from Boston College and her MA from Harvard University. Shelter Me, her first novel, was a 2009 Massachusetts Book Award Book of the Year. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children.

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Reader Biography

Sean Runnette, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has also directed and produced more than two hundred audiobooks, including several Audie Award winners. He is a member of the American Repertory Theater company and has toured the United States and internationally with ART and Mabou Mines. His television and film appearances include Two If by Sea, Cop Land, Sex and the City, Law & Order, the award-winning film Easter, and numerous commercials.

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