Henry Holt and Co.
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Featuring: Hannah Blue
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Fiction | Contemporary
A young woman resisting the demands of her dependent
family seeks escape in an increasingly dangerous outdoor
When Hannah Blue joins the Adventurer's
Club, she pictures campfires and star-filled nights. And she
imagines a temporary respite from the ever-present shadow of
her parents' divorce, her siblings' inability to cope in the
real world without her vigilance, and her boyfriend, Ben,
who, it seems, is looking for a commitment. Most of all, she
needs a break from the irresistible pull of her father,
whose unpredictable moods and imaginary health scares have
always kept him at the center of the family
But when her father's latest illness turns
out to be real, Hannah finds herself growing addicted to the
freedom she finds in the silty caves deep beneath the sunlit
woods, on the crevasses accessible only with crampons and
ice axes. It's as if she feels more herself when she's
outside â€” until she realizes that the people she keeps
leaving may not always wait for her to come
Featuring an appealing, spirited heroine and
vivid outdoor settings, Getting Out surpasses the
stylistic and storytelling promise displayed in Gwendolen
Gross's first novel, Field Guide, and yields a fresh
look at the high stakes of love's many expectations.
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