When her college-bound daughter leaves home, Lynn Darling, widowed more than a decade earlier, finds herself alone and utterly lost, with no idea what she wants or even who she is. Searching for answers, she moves to a cranky little house in the Vermont woods, her only companions, a new dog and a compass. There she hopes to develop a sense of directionboth in the woods and in her life.
Told with rare insight, wry humor, and remarkable honesty, Out of the Woods reveals how honing the skills of navigationliteral and metaphoricalsmoothed one womans path. It is a story at once universal and deeply personalin the words of writer Geraldine Brooks, both a compass and a manifesto for navigating the often-treacherous switchbacks of the second half of life.