The Shortest Distance Between Two Women

The emotional measure of mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends is the heart of the latest Kris Radish novel about a woman unsure if she’s on the verge of a breakdown-or a breakthrough. In her new novel, Radish takes us into the lush, vibrant world of a woman whose lifelong proximity to family may prove to be her undoing-or, perhaps, her salvation.

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 her and Samuel, filling her life with work and family, lavishing her attention on her 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 a beat? Why can’t she stop thinking about this man she’d forgotten so long ago?

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Emma has always been the dependable one in her family. But now, with the annual Gilford family reunion just around the corner, her high-strung sisters approaching meltdown, and her favorite niece taking sanctuary in her home, Emma’s wall of self-denial is showing cracks. And on the other side is a life she can’t put off living any longer.

The Albuquerque Journal has written, “Radish seems to live the kind of life she gives her characters, the kind many of her readers wouldn’t mind living themselves. Once you step with her into the world she’s created in a little corner of South Carolina your own life may be forever changed.