Happiness for Beginners
In this exuberant novel, a thirtysomething-year-old womanembarks on a wilderness survival course and discovers that sometimes you haveto 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 wildernesssurvival course. It’s supposed to be a chance for her to pull herself togetheragain, but when she discovers that her brother’s even more annoying best friendis also coming on the trip, she can’t imagine how it will be anything otherthan a disaster. Thus begins the strangest adventure of Helen’s well-behavedlife: three weeks in the remotest wilderness of a mountain range in Wyoming,where she will survive mosquito infestations, a surprise summer blizzard, and agroup of sorority girls.
Yet despite everything, the vast wilderness has a way ofmaking Helen’s own little life seem bigger, too. And somehow, the people whoannoy her the most start teaching her the very things she needs to learn. Likehow to stand up for herself. And how being scared can make you brave. And howsometimes you just have to get really, really lost before you can even have ahope of being found.
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