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.
"[Houston] has...concocted a tale so vivid, intricate, and intimate that it puts high-def TV to shame." Booklist
"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, Starred Review
"Houston's easy-breezy style is a pleasure to read, whether she's on a nailbiter of a flight, with foam laid down for the landing, or floating on a halcyon river, with foam burbling over the rocks." Elle magazine
Pam Houston's latest takes us from one breathtaking precipice to the next as we unravel the story of Pam (a character not unlike the author), a fearless traveler aiming to leave her metaphorical baggage behind as she seeks a comfort zone in the air. With the help of a loyal cast of friends, body workers, and a new partner who inspires her to appreciate home, she finally finds something like ground under her feet.
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.