From the publisherIn the tradion of Wild by Cheryl Strayed, comes a novel of two suburban women who decide to hike the Appalachian Trail, escaping their lives as moms and wives in search of nature, adventure, and the ultimate diet plan. How does a woman know what she wants after spending 20 years thinking about her husband and children? Sometimes it takes a distraction from everyday life, time to examine the forest before the trees become clear. With no previous camping experience, Andi and Jess begin the 2100-mile odyssey from Georgia to Maine. The friends figure life on the trail can’t possibly be worse than dealing with disgruntled husbands, sullen teens home from college, and a general malaise that has crept up in their daily lives. At the very least, the women are bound to return home thin.
In or out of Bed? In. ” Don’t you think that was kind of superficial, wanting to come out here just to diet?” She asked. “I mean look around. This is a cathedral and we get to wake up in it every morning. That’s just…awe-inspiring.” Why, yes. I do think it is superficial and naive to hike the Appalachian Trail as a diet. And I was relieved to find one of the characters reach this epiphany. But this probably does happen. And that is the strength of Kincer’s novel, that it is so relatable. I am a forty-Something wife and mother. I could be one of these women. I even know which one I could be.
Andi is a type A runner who is on the trail to finish the trail as fast as she can. Jess is a literature professor who is out of shape and wants to enjoy the trail and not die. The best friends are both escaping their relationships with their daughters but find their friendship in jeopardy. The husband-wife dynamic is explored as well as the husbands react to the potential five month absence of their partners. Kincer is a realist and portrays her characters with crisp dialogue and action that I found familiar and relevant.
I am reminded of a fictionalized female short version of A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson minus the lengthier history and description. Do Andi and Jess make it? Together? You will have to read Trail Mix to find out. And you will want to. And then you just might want to go hiking.
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About the Author Paulita Kincer is the author of three novels, The Summer of France, I See London I See France, and Trail Mix. She has an M.A. in journalism from American University and has written for The Baltimore Sun, The St. Petersburg Times, The Tampa Tribune, and The Columbus Dispatch. She currently teaches college English and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and three children.
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Author Website: paulitakincer.com
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