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Set in the harsh desert of the Australian outback, Time Is the Longest Distance is a moral story of immorality in a place where “night comes on like a door slamming shut.”

Lilly, a 45-year-old New Yorker, is persuaded by her newly-found father, Cameron, to take on the Canning Stock Route, the most difficult outback track in the country. Crossing the dead heart of the Great
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Paperback, 216 pages
Published December 11th 2018 by Vine Leaves Press
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Theresa Smith
It is with mixed feelings that I write up this review of Time is the Longest Distance. I was immediately drawn into this novel, at ease with the main character, Lilly, and full of empathy for her predicament. To be told at the age of forty five that you aren’t who you always thought you were would tip even the most hardy of us off balance. Lilly already seemed a little lost within her own life, somewhat ill at ease within her relationship, as well as within her own family. That she decided to tr ...more
Azarin
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Janet Clare’s impressive debut novel, Time is the Longest Distance, time acts as the catalyst for distant relationships (physical or emotional, already over or not yet built, in the present or in the past) to bring the characters together. Diving into the crystalline quality of Clare’s writing, with its strong cinematographic elements, feels like watching a movie, and at the same time having the ability to read the characters’ mind. There is an effortless undertone of poetry in Clare’s prose ...more
Melanie Chartoff
I couldn’t put it down except to sleep. I felt like I was on this journey with her— reckless, anxious, curious. As I wish I lived in Australia, I immersed in the outback figuratively and literally, I was in the truck, I was in her head, in the relationships.

It’s full of suspense and romance, discovery and letting go. Treat yourself to a great adventure. I look forward to more from this author.

Martha
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book in every possible way, first and foremost because I loved the main character, 45-year-old Lilly of New York City. A woman who’s never felt right within her family, her now-deceased father was distant and her two older sisters look and act differently than herself. Then her mother summons Lilly to California to drop the bomb: Lilly was the result of an affair her mother had while on vacation in Australia. Lilly then travels to Australia to meet a father who almost certain ...more
Louise Farr
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved Time is the Longest Distance, which kept me up reading into the early morning. Janet Clare's prose is liquid and vivid, without being self-consciously poetic, and despite mythic undertones, the plot, setting, and characters feel utterly original. I can't believe this is her first novel, and I can't wait for her next. I hope she finds the huge following she deserves. ...more
Janet Clare
Oct 27, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Early Praise for Time Is the Longest Distance



“In deft, clear prose that reminds of both Cheryl Strayed and Michael Ondaatje, Janet Clare’s debut explores—in riveting, unflinching detail—a woman’s search for connection and meaning. In Lilly’s journey, with unfamiliar family in unfamiliar territory, we have a protagonist wanting in the ways we are all wanting: to find that thing that will make us complete. There are depths in these characters and I loved every word.” — Christian Kiefer, author
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Ann Epstein
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Stark and Breathtaking as the Australian Outback – Time is the Longest Distance by Janet Clare is a journey of self-discovery as stark and breathtaking as the Australian Outback. Lilly, in her mid-forties, having led an unexceptional and unsatisfactory life in California and New York, learns a secret about her birth that upends her world. In search of a past she never knew was hers, she heads to that other end of the world to meet her unknown father, half-brother, and niece. The surprises con ...more
Maria Paiz
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to believe that this book is Janet Clare's debut novel. Her writing is simply gorgeous, vivid, full of depth and witty humor, with honest characters and a solid plot full of eyebrow-raising moments.

Lilly, the protagonist, is in her 40s when she learns a family secret that will send her on a journey to the Australian outback, searching for a father she hadn't known existed. Along the way Lilly makes some decisions that can only be described as questionable and messy, but which make her
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Jo Goren
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a short read and I enjoyed the beginning of the story, hoped for something more as the protagonist traveled in Australia with her biological father whom she never knew existed and her 1/2 brother and niece. The author's descriptions of the desert, characters, all lovely. The story covers too much territory (pun intended) on a short journey. I think Janet Clare has potential, (first novel). Look forward to her next. ...more
Barbara
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this novel in almost one sitting. It's a short novel but I would have been perfectly happy for it to go on. Clare's book deals with a few themes and she deals with one taboo subject with such utter grace, and her ability to write about the Australian outback is sublime. ...more
N.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
An American woman goes in search of her biological father in Australia and ends up traveling across a desert track with her new family. I have mixed feelings about this book. It has a melancholy tone and deeply flawed characters but the writing is solid. I felt like I was there -- great use of the senses.
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