Planning for Escape is the haunting, darkly comical, story of a young woman's quest for personal and artistic fulfillmentaa goal she is brilliant at sabotaging. Narrated through an intense, witty, yet poetically lyrical interior monologue, Catherine interweaves her own unique perspectives on memory, family, and place, with the compelling and luminous account of her endlessly disappointing search for love through a dazzling array of quirky people and unforgettable places. Grounded in an escape to memorable placesafrom New England to Ireland, to Japan and back againathe narrative ultimately shifts to the historically preserved and richly ambient world of Greensboro, Vermont. This novel will inspire every searcher who ever felt disappointed with what life had delivered, as opposed to what was expected. It is for all those who ever wanted to escape, ever longed to return home, or ever considered deriving new joy from simply giving up and saying goodbye to old places in search of the new.
Publisher: Green Writers Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 378 g
Dimensions: 205 x 74 x 134 mm
"Sara Dillon's captivating protagonist, Catherine Darcy "Cat runs through life restlessly moving back and forth, as does the narrative, which is darkly comic and lyrical at its core. Cat is quirky and wildly entrancing her encounters with a large cast of equally compelling characters keeps you reading to stay abreast." Merrill Leffler, author of Mark the Music -- Merrill Leffler
". . . a book to read, to re-read, and to remember. One woman's life and adventures, in prose that is lyrical, alive, and truly original." Marie Ashe, legal scholar and professor at Suffolk University School of Law -- Marie Ashe
"There have been many midlife-crisis novels. But Sara Dillon brings a special grace and ruefulness to this one, narrated by a woman who has ditched her "sensible" career teaching law school to drag her two young adopted children up to Greensboro. There she rents a house out of season and reflects on a past full of travel, lovers and "motifs" passions for a person or a place that she always ended up "escaping." "I blew it, really," she admits. Dillon's masterful impressionistic sketches of travels in Ireland, Japan and other places lift the novel out of the category of navel-gazing. Her heroine's regrets may not be the stuff of page-turners, but they have the ring of truth." - Seven Days: Vermont's Independent Voice -- Seven Days