* Off Course by Michelle Huneven


The heroine of Off Course decamps to her parents’ cabin in the California Sierras to write her dissertation and instead samples the many men of the mountain, finally settling with a married one who will not, then will, then will not leave his wife and family.

It’s all quite dull and this reader at least feels like her mother, who wants to shake her out of her ill-chosen romance and back into some kind of real life. It takes almost 300 pages and the excellent descriptions of life in a small mountain resort after the tourists have gone cannot compensate for the effort.

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