Off Course by Michelle Huneven

This was a slow read for me, though I wasn’t bored by it.

A young-ish woman goes to her family’s cabin in a remote area to finish her thesis. The sense of time and place practically felt otherwordly. Early 80s? But so remote it feels longer ago. Every time she went back to a city it was jarring and I think Huneven did such a good job of creating that feeling-as if the city were too bright and noisy and modern. The small town that her cabin is in is very remote and the townspeople all know each other. They seem all able to practically live off the land.

The pace picked up in the second half of the book. I wanted to jump into the book and tell many of the characters they were making terrible choices and straighten out their lives for them.


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