Synopses & Reviews
Stuck in a dead-end relationship, this fearless narrator leaves her metaphorical baggage behind and finds a comfort zone in the air, "feeling safest with one plane ticket in her hand and another in her underwear drawer." She flies around the world, finding reasons to love life in dozens of far-flung places from Alaska to Bhutan. Along the way she weathers unplanned losses of altitude, air pressure, and landing gear. With the help of a squad of loyal, funny, wise friends and massage therapists, she learns to sort truth from self-deception, self-involvement from self-possession.
At last, having found a new partner "who loves Don DeLillo and the NHL" and a daughter "who needs you to teach her to dive and to laugh at herself"--not to mention two dogs and two horses--"staying home becomes more of an option. Maybe."
"Writing teacher Pam has a comfortable life that allows her the flexibility and freedom to travel the world, usually with her boyfriend, Ethan. However, she realizes that Ethan can't commit and discovers that he's still involved with former girlfriends. Once she learns this, Pam turns to her friends to evaluate her needs, desires, and priorities. She finds a new partner, Rick, who has an adorable seven-year-old daughter, Madison. Pam inexplicably bonds with Madison, but this new relationship also means struggling with Rick's ex-wife and her continuing influence over Rick's life. Pam starts to feel like she has to choose between her nomadic lifestyle and the life she's building with Rick and Madison. Instead of a proper novel, Houston's (Cowboys Are My Weakness) latest reads more like a collection of delicately framed and delightful vignettes. With the narrative jumping from place to place, readers will feel like they too are touring the world. However, despite well-crafted prose, Pam feels curiously absent from the emotion of the story, which prevents readers from investing in her relationships or life choices. Agent: The Sayle Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Starred review. Unapologetic and empowering, Houston's book hammers home the idea that if you don't have problems, you probably aren't living. Or, to use her metaphor, we all have baggage, so we might as well get used to traveling with it." Katharine Fronk, Booklist
Heart-stopping prose and crackling observations on a spiritual journey toward a life rich in love and freedom.
About the Author
Pam Houston divides her time between her ranch in Colorado and the University of California at Davis, where she is director of the Creative Writing Program. She has been a frequent contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine, and her writing appears regularly in More and other publications. She in the author of the best-selling Cowboys Are My Weakness.