February 2012 Indie Next List
“Houston's Cowboys Are My Weakness was the book that sent all of us gals out West, and kept us here. In her new novel - a thinly disguised narrative featuring a central character named Pam -- Houston showcases her wiser, more mature voice as she drops the reader into locales as far-flung as Alaska, Bhutan, Northern California, and Durango, Colorado. The prose is read-aloud gorgeous. Each mini-chapter reads almost like a Zen koan, inviting us to ponder its significance in this beautiful testament to the way good friends and the incomparable perspective of travel can help us find home and family.”
— Libby Cowels, Maria's Bookshop, Durango, CO
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.
About the Author
Pam Houston, the award-winning author of such titles as Contents May Have Shifted and Cowboys Are My Weakness, is Professor of English at UC Davis. She also directs the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers and teaches at writer s conferences around the country and the world.