“As powerful a portrayal of romance and family life as Anna Karenina but without all that boring description. Plus Getting Off The Earth is a lot easier to carry around. And Tolstoy never mentions the Portland Observatory or Two Lights.” – The Portland Daily Sun.
How do you know if you’re really being dumped? Could it just be a test of the emergency break-up system to make sure you can leave the relationship in an orderly fashion in the event of a real break-up?
For Gretchen, a 44-year old divorced, criminal defense lawyer, living with her teenage daughter and extended family in Portland, Maine, it’s the real thing.
Her long-term boyfriend takes off with a 22-year old Russian ballet dancer. Not that he doesn’t check in with her now and then.
“Let’s run away together somewhere we can read and make love all day,”he texts her one evening a couple of months later as she’s about to head home from work.
“Do we have to read?” she texts back.
But they only run as far as The Snug, the bar on the corner, on the East End of the peninsula.
Getting Off the Earth, the novel based on Season 1 of the serial weekly column “Port City Chronicle” from The Portland Daily Sun, is the hilarious, heart-warming story of a woman and her family finding love and happiness in the midst of the recession.
You won’t be able to put it down. And follow Season 2, starting on February 12th in The Portland Daily Sun and several days later on this page.