Contents May Have Shifted
Stuck in a dead-end relationship, this fearless narrator leaves her metaphorical baggage behind and finds a comfort zone in the air, “feeling safest with one plane ticket in her hand and another in her underwear drawer.” She flies around the world, finding reasons to love life in dozens of far-flung places from Alaska to Bhutan. Along the way she weathers unplanned losses of altitude, air pressure, and landing gear. With the help of a squad of loyal, funny, wise friends and massage therapists, she learns to sort truth from self-deception, self-involvement from self-possession.
At last, having found a new partner “who loves Don DeLillo and the NHL” and a daughter “who needs you to teach her to dive and to laugh at herself”—not to mention two dogs and two horses—“staying home becomes more of an option. Maybe.”
Rarely do I read a book that excites me so much I want to start it again as soon as I have finished it. Pam Houston's newest novel "Contents May Have Shifted," is that book. Part travelogue and part love story, she takes us on a round-the-world vacation while peeking into her heart. Pam Houston's sense of humor and her refreshing philosophy on life and emotion keep you engaged with all the characters from beginning to end. I highly recommend this to anyone who already loves her prose and to those who have not had a chance yet to discover her delightful writing.
-- by Liz C.