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Off Course: A Novel av Michelle Huneven
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Off Course: A Novel (utgåvan 2014)

av Michelle Huneven (Författare)

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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"--"When a PhD student ventures to a mountain cabin to finish her dissertation, the hothouse community subsumes her in a series of ill-advised relationships"--… (mer)
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Titel:Off Course: A Novel
Författare:Michelle Huneven (Författare)
Info:Sarah Crichton Books (2014), Edition: First Edition, 304 pages
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I think one of the toughest challenges for a writer is to make the inexplicable explicable. And the challenge is even greater when the characters aren’t what we like to call “likeable.”

Cress is a twentysomething Econ grad student at the dawn of the Reagan era. She retreats to a small town in the mountains of northern California to finish her dissertation. She has what we have to consider, all things considered, a bright future. But she falls in lust/love with a married man twenty years older than her and that most definitely sends her Off Course.

At the outset of the affair, I expected this to be a fling that she would put behind her and move on with her life. But this relationship isn’t a cold that you shake off, it’s malaria. Every time you think it is over it comes back, worse than the time before.

Cress is self-absorbed and shallow but her story is so skillfully told that we can’t help but feel her pain and her helplessness. This is a very powerful, heartbreaking story.

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  LenJoy | Mar 14, 2021 |
This book was beautifully written and paced. My assessment of Cress' emotional life evolved throughout, but the journey was a fascinating one. She is not always likeable, but who among is is always likeable? I will say that even in the swaths of this where Cress is selfish and lazy and behaving more like a 17 year old than a 27 year old she is interesting. She constantly put her energy into bad and morally questionable choices and into avoiding maturity and progress and kept falling assbackward into academic success, good jobs and bonded relationships. A compelling if not entirely satisfying read. ( )
  Narshkite | Jul 24, 2020 |
Read it in one sitting, which is saying something for this ADD-challenged reader these days. ( )
  olevia | Dec 18, 2016 |
Rather a disappointment. I saw the book in a recommended list somewhere and the striking front picture made me order it. The book does not offer the same kind of surprising content and the main character is rather annoying at times. The writing style did not appeal either and I did not find it remarkable. Here are the only few quotes:
Pg 4 Scenery, she thought, was wasted on children, ...
Pg 40 Her powers felt thin in that high air.
Pg 49 Rocks were hard [to draw]; the more she looked at them, the more specific and abstract they became.
Pg 138 ...his familiar, lived in body. ( )
  flydodofly | Jul 14, 2015 |
Half-way through this book I was more than ready for it to be over. I had no patience for the protagonist. Would there be a terrible tragedy? Nope. Too bad. This book could've used one. I guess a heroine who learns nothing about herself is...is...well, nothing special. ( )
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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"--"When a PhD student ventures to a mountain cabin to finish her dissertation, the hothouse community subsumes her in a series of ill-advised relationships"--

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