Old Buildings in North Texas
Thirty-two year old Olivia is back with her mother and pregnant sister, working for an eccentric family friend.
But something stirs beneath the quirky small-town surface. Olivia is a recovering cocaine addict. Her therapist is a girl she went to high school with; her promising career in journalism has dwindled to nothing and life is back on an even-keel … Then, under pressure to take up a hobby, she decides to try urban exploration. Soon she's poking through derelict homes, churches and schools across North Texas.
Jen Waldo's style modulates effortlessly from domestic nuance to taut adventure to social and moral transgression, consistently vivid and inflected with humour. This is a book about a modern woman's dilemma as she searches for personal equilibrium and wild adventure, trying to find stability in her existence without losing sight of what makes life worth living.