Off Course

Off Course

Book - 2014
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"From the author of Blame, a new novel about the unexpected damage inflicted by romantic entanglements. It's the early 1980s: Reagan is in the White House and his trickle-down theory is gaining traction in the national psyche. Cressida Hartley, twenty-eight, a PhD candidate in economics, has moved to her parents' shabby A-frame in the Sierras, hoping to finish her dissertation about art in the marketplace. Though she came seeking solitude, she finds herself increasingly drawn into the life of the small mountain community, and she's seduced by a local lodge owner, Jakey Yates, a big, burly, immensely attractive man in his late forties. Rick Garsh, the local contractor, gives Cress a part time job. Through Rick she meets the Morrow brothers, two talented fine-finish carpenters. They are handsome, amusing, intriguing, and married. As Cress tells her best friend back home in Pasadena, being a single woman on the mountain amounts to a form of public service. Increasingly uninspired by her dissertation, Cress allows love, adultery, and obsession to commandeer her life, and soon she becomes the victim of her own perilous reasoning. Michelle Huneven is one of our most searching, elegant novelists--Richard Russo has called her "a writer of extraordinary and thrilling talent." In Off Course, she tells the cautionary tale of an intelligent young woman seeking her place in life only to discover that love is the great distraction, and impossible love the greatest distraction of all"--
Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374224479
Branch Call Number: Huneven, M
Characteristics: 287 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 01, 2017

This is a tedious book filled with cliche characters. Features the PhD struggles of the daughter of rich parents who just happen to have a cabin in a "quaint" town in the California Sierras inhabited by "quaint" folks. Don't waste your time on this one.

ChristchurchLib May 18, 2014

"It's 1981, and Ph. D. candidate Cressida Hartley is struggling with her dissertation, so she's moved to the relative isolation of her parents' cabin in the Sierras to finish up. Instead, free for maybe the first time in her life, she allows herself to be drawn into the small dramas of the local mountain community. This includes going from a fling with one man to a serious relationship with another -- who happens to be married. And it is that relationship that will come to define Cress' life, for better or worse, for the next several years. A heartbreaking story, Off Course will appeal to fans of reflective novels featuring sympathetic characters." Fiction A to Z May 2014 newsletter


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