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*Starred Review* Houston’s latest novel finds Pam, the intrepid narrator, shuttling the world over, from Alaska to Tunisia, from Bhutan to Newfoundland, searching for authenticity, drinking up life, and maybe, just maybe, fleeing from a little conflict. As Pam first wrestles with a stagnant relationship, then enters a more promising (but arguably not easier) one, she philosophizes with girlfriends, mystics, and old lovers on all of life’s usual questions in a refreshingly witty and bold manner. The novel’s nonlinear plot builds meaning associatively through 144 minisections, each set in a new global location, enchanting the reader with unexplained characters and backstory. While a less-skilled writer would falter with this disjointed technique, Houston, in controlled, elegant prose, imbues each pithy chapter with unifying lyricism. As the flight attendant says after a plane experiencing fuel-system failure successfully lands, If your contents haven’t shifted, you must be carrying lead weights. 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. 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)
...[Houston] has...concocted a tale so vivid, intricate, and intimate that it puts high-def TV to shame... (Natasha Clark - Elle Magazine)
Travelogue travel-hogs will be disappointed by this novel, but anyone who romanticizes natural beauty, small truthful moments, or feels they've got a "broken picker" (referring to... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Hidetoshi Suzuki
Finishing the last of Pam's books last night, I'm in a melancholy state. It feels like the very first day back from a great adventurous vacation, or taking leave from a far-away... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michelle L.
I did not care for this book at all. It was just a bunch of random thoughts put together. The characters were not strong. The story went nowhere. I had to put it down. Read morePublished 7 months ago by linda dashner
Pam Houston is an incredible writer, and this is one of my favorites among her books. Each chapter takes place in a specific location. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Retail_Queen
This was a very difficult book for me to read. Very disjointed and too fragmented for my personal taste. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Hazel K Kaletta
just not as interesting as her other books - tried to finish several times but never could get through it. Nothing to hold the reader.Published 14 months ago by Reader
Great stories...more like a collection of short stories and quite enjoyable, readable and good fun.Published 14 months ago by VIVA ASHCROFT