The Off Season (Paperback)
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When Nora Griffin, an artist in her midthirties, moves from Brooklyn to Provincetown, she isn’t looking for trouble. Her partner, Janelle, is recovering from breast cancer treatment, and together they’ve decided that the quiet off-season on the tip of Cape Cod is the perfect place for Janelle to heal and Nora to paint. Then charismatic Baby Harris flirts into Nora’s life in her red cowboy boots. In the damp, windy winter, Nora contends with heartbreak, aging, and local environmental worries, while painting what she hopes will be her masterpiece. As the first tourists begin to arrive in June, Nora must decide what she really wants from life.
About the Author
Amy Hoffman is the author of the memoirs Lies about My Family, An Army of Ex-Lovers, and Hospital Time. Formerly the editor in chief of the Women’s Review of Books, she currently teaches writing at Emerson College and in the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program at Pine Manor College.
“An enjoyable, breezy read that celebrates the uniqueness of Provincetown and its close-knit community.”—Library Journal
“The Off Season reads like a journal, with short sharp chapters told with resolute frankness and admirable humility. Nora’s story is a reminder that there is extraordinary in the ordinary, and that no experience is a failure if you learn from it.”—EDGE
“With the publication of The Off Season, author Amy Hoffman demonstrates her genuine flair as a novelist for originality, deftly crafted characters, and an inherently compelling, narrative driven, unfailingly entertaining storytelling.”—Reviewer’s Bookwatch
“Amy Hoffman takes on serious situations so that we can have fun with them. She is irreverent and fresh at the same time and she always has us wanting more.”—Reviews by Amos Lassen