THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US
On a cold February afternoon, Stella sees a man walking towards
her on a London pavement. She hasn't seen his face for many
years, but she instantly recognises him. Or thinks she does.
At exactly the same moment, on the other side of the world,
Jake is realising that the crowd around him, celebrating Chinese
New Year, is about to turn dangerous.
They know nothing of each other's existence, but both
Stella and Jake flee their lives: Jake in search of a place
so remote it doesn't appear on any map, and Stella for a destination
in Scotland, the significance of which only her sister, Nina
The Distance Between Us is a novel about parallel
lives, displaced identities, the bond between sisters, and
the undertow of the past. Above all, it's a love story about
two people who have never met. Gripping insightful and deft,
it is Maggie O'Farrell's finest achievement to date.