For years I’ve toiled,
I’ve worked the earth.
Well, I’ve worked on the earth,
pushing a mower over
a puny patch of grass.

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I wake up and her face is right up against mine, not touching but real close. I had that dream again, she says. The one with your mama. I roll away and squint in the dark for the time. 4:12. Yeah? I say. She wants more, but my head is thick. Can you tell me…

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An excerpt from early in The Distance featuring Meredith and her party friend Annie, and the first hint of complication in the novel.

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In this early scene from The Distance, we meet Meredith’s dad and Gordie’s grandfather, working alone in his shop, distracted by the thoughts that the onset of fall stir within him.

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An early excerpt from The Distance, wherein Meredith confides in Annie, and the action of the novel is set in motion.

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An unusually cold day in early autumn compounds Meredith’s misery, as she faces one of the more malevolent characters in The Distance.

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