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A Novel

March 2013

Pam Houston (Author)

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“An absorbing, generous, ravishing book by a high priestess of you-have-to-read-this prose." —Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

Pam Houston, an "early master of the art of rendering fiercely independent, brilliant women in love with the wrong men" (Sarah Norris, Barnes & Noble Review), delivers a novel that whisks us from one breathtaking precipice to the next. Along the way, 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 helps her to be at home, she finally finds something like ground under her feet.

Reviews

“If [Houston’s] unlucky in love, she's certainly lucky in prose. She makes everyday accidental details of nature fly vividly off the page.” — Alan Cheuse, NPR

“Houston is a wonderful writer, and her graceful vignettes are by turns beautiful, slyly funny and heart-stopping.” — Rebecca Barry, San Francisco Chronicle

“Houston builds her story out of 132 highly crafted vignettes identified by place names—gems in a constantly changing mosaic.” — Jane Ciabattari, Boston Globe

“Houston is a consummate yarn spinner—smart, funny, and elegant—and her autobiographically tinged book is full of vignette realizations, beautiful scenery, and amazing adventures by a narrator you’d kill to have as a best friend.” — Courtney Ferguson, Portland Mercury

“A tale so vivid, intricate, and intimate that it puts high-def TV to shame: One moment, we’re straddling lava flowing from a Hawaiian volcano; the next, we’re watching thousands of glowworms light up a New Zealand cave…Peppered throughout is advice to live by, stuff worth scribbling down and posting on your inspiration board for when that dark cloud rolls in.” — Natasha Clark, Elle

“True to its title, each snippet harbors small dips and rises that add up to cumulative wisdom by book’s end, and a satisfying arc of anecdote that makes a convincing whole.” — Ben Fulton, Salt Lake Tribune

Eat, Pray, Love meets Up in the Air in this engaging novel about a woman whose craving for adventure (and jerk of a boyfriend) sends her flying.” — O, The Oprah Magazine

“A driving kinetic energy…keeps the reader whirling as Pam turns an observant and critical eye on herself, her relationship, and her country…Houston is as adept a writer as she is an adventurer. And it’s her writing with its startling images of the natural world that set this book apart from the rest.” — Erika Recordon, Oregonian

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140 x 211 mm • 336 pages

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