Member’s Choice: The Distance from Home
Join author Daniel Jacobs for a discussion of his novel, The Distance from Home. This compelling and sweeping story follows Hannah Avery, a woman whose future at 37 looks dim after being left by her lover and disparaged by her employer. As she wonders whether she can ever be at home in the world, an opportunity arises to trek in Nepal - Hannah immediately signs on. On the trip, she finds must contend with the precarious marriages of her two closest friends while navigating her own future. On the trek is Leon Kaminsky, the son of Holocaust survivors, eager to return to Hannah after their break up 5 years earlier. Also traveling with her is Dr. Paul Levin a psychiatrist who is hiking with his 13 year old son. He is on the verge of risking his professional reputation by leaving his wife and children for a patient. Midway through the trek, Hannah falls ill, creating a crisis for everyone. She returns to Kathmandu in the company of Leon and Pemba, a Sherpa guide. While recovering, she is torn by her love for two men, one she knows too well and one whose life and political views frighten her.
Psychoanalyst, playwright (Enter Hallie) and novelist (The Distance from Home), Dr. Dan Jacobs has developed a national reputation as a therapist and supervisor. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and is Director of the Hanns Sachs Library there. He is also Director of the Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic studies in Princeton and Aspen. Among his numerous publications are The Supervisory Encounter (Yale University Press)and Grete Bibring: A Culinary Biography (Boston Psychoanalytic). He has also edited Psychoanalysis and the Nucelear Threat (Analytic Press) and The Photographs of Edward Bibring (Psychosocial Verlag). He has published several articles on memory, loss, and pregnancy in the plays of Tennessee Williams. Daniel Jacobs lives in Brookline, MA with his wife, the noted biographer Susan Quinn. He has trekked in Nepal.
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