Shulman, one of the architects of the women's movement, and a writer in her bones, is finding life difficult. Her marriage is empty, she can't write, and younger feminists don't "get" what Shulman's generation did for them. So she goes to spend a few months at the family cabin on an island off the coast of Maine, without plumbing, power, or phone. Here she hopes she can jump start her writing again. Instead, she begins to notice what's around her, including all the growing things she can eat. By the time winter closes in on her, she is living off the fat of the land, knowing where the best mussels and lobsters can be found, where the best greens and mushrooms are, and the berries and apples. Her ideas of spirituality and creativity have radically changed. Life in NY that winter, though, is back to some of the old grind, and her friends don't understand her new enthusiasm. Her second summer, she doesn't even plan to write, though some writing happens. Her husband divorces her. She writes of her later years, when she's gathered from her island life new confidence, and spends time teaching at various universities and conferences. The best parts by far for me are the summers on the island, and the growth she attains there.
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