In this exuberant novel, a thirtysomething-year-old woman
embarks on a wilderness survival course and discovers that sometimes you have
to leave things behind in order to find yourself.
A year after getting divorced, Helen Carpenter, thirty-two,
lets her annoying younger brother talk her into signing up for a wilderness
survival course. It’s supposed to be a chance for her to pull herself together
again, but when she discovers that her brother’s even more annoying best friend
is also coming on the trip, she can’t imagine how it will be anything other
than a disaster. Thus begins the strangest adventure of Helen’s well-behaved
life: three weeks in the remotest wilderness of a mountain range in Wyoming,
where she will survive mosquito infestations, a surprise summer blizzard, and a
group of sorority girls.
Yet despite everything, the vast wilderness has a way of
making Helen’s own little life seem bigger, too. And somehow, the people who
annoy her the most start teaching her the very things she needs to learn. Like
how to stand up for herself. And how being scared can make you brave. And how
sometimes you just have to get really, really lost before you can even have a
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