The Middle of Somewhere by Sonja Yoerg is a novel about a woman on a journey to face the guilt of both her past and present and rediscover just who she is and who she wants to be. Her journey takes her on a hike from the Yosemite Valley into the wilderness on the John Muir Trail. I was reminded of Wild when I read this book. There are differences of course but both are about women on a hike to ultimately find themselves and I am very much drawn to these kinds of stories.
Liz is approaching thirty and has a lot going on emotionally and she feels a great need to just get away and try to sort things out. She has planned out a three week trek through the wilderness of the John Muir Trail and is looking forward to the solitude it will offer her. It isn’t to be though as her boyfriend Dante informs her that he is planning to accompany her. Their journey begins but soon enough the threat of storms loom and Liz is deathly afraid of them and even more frightening is the appearance of two brothers who seem intent on tormenting the hikers. Liz has a lot of decisions to make – the biggest of which is to confess her sins to Dante and risk losing him.
Did I Fancy It or Not
I did fancy it a great deal. I read Sonja’s first novel House Broken which I loved and while this one was very different it was just as enjoyable. I love the idea of journeying alone and looking back at your life and figuring out what is truly important to you in terms of going forward in the future. I’d never have the nerve to do it myself but I love reading about others doing it. Highly recommended!