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Starting Out In the Afternoon

Starting Out In the Afternoon is based on Jill Frayne's three-month exploration of the Canadian wilderness.

Jill Frayne

Jill Frayne's long-term relationship was ending and her daughter was about to graduate and leave home. She decided to pack up her life and head for the Yukon.

Driving alone across the country from her home just north of Toronto, describing the land as it changes from Precambrian Shield to open prairie, Jill finds that solitude in the wilds is not what she expected. She is actively engaged by nature, her moods reflected in the changing landscape and weather. Camping in her tent as she travels, she begins to let go of the world she's leaving and to enter the realm of the solitary traveller. 

In Starting Out in the Afternoon, Frayne struggles to come to terms with her vulnerabilities and begins to find peace. In beautifully spare but potent language, she delivers an inspiring, contemplative memoir of the middle passage of a woman's life and an eloquent meditation on the solace of living close to the wild land. Eventually what has begun as a three-month trip becomes a personal journey of several years, during which she is on the move and testing herself in the wilderness. She conquers her fears and begins a new relationship with nature, exuberant at becoming a competent outdoorswoman. (From Vintage Canada)

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Listener Patricia McCowan calls in with her pitch that if you liked Cheryl Strayed's "Wild," her memoir of a solo hike on the Pacific West Coast, you'll love Jill Frayne's "Starting Out in the Afternoon." 1:32

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