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Starting Out In the Afternoon

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  67 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
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 a
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 25th 2003 by Vintage Canada (first published March 12th 2002)
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Jen Winter
Nov 23, 2010 Jen Winter rated it really liked it
Best landscape descriptive writing I think I have ever found. Jill is very open in relaying her feelings and emotions. The two blended together perfectly. I wish I had read this one while camping instead of during a snow storm because I got the itch to be outside!
Cathy Austin
Feb 26, 2015 Cathy Austin rated it really liked it
Written well before Wild by Cheryl Strayed and reflecting a different trip/journey altogether. Frayne is middle aged on subsequent and frequent trips to Atlin in BC and to the Yukon. Strayed was a very young woman searching for herself. So is Frayne but in a different way and mindset. The wilderness of the BC interior is so breathtaking and peaceful and Frayne's imagery so makes you want to be there right now. Poetic at times, some dialogue but mostly she shows us what she sees and experiences a ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Nan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely, lovely book

I so enjoyed reading this book for its deft descriptions of the north and the author's musings about her life and relationships. There is something rich, unpretentious and open in this work, a curiosity and a spirit of letting things be as they are that feels human and healing.
Oct 12, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
Frayne has an eye for landscape and natural surroundings that draws you in and makes you walk the trail with her. Her physical trek leads her into a soul searching voyage where she finds acceptance for her own need for solitude and reflection.
Jane Lack
May 16, 2017 Jane Lack rated it it was amazing
Made me think a lot about who I am and what I like to do and how brave I could be
Paula Dembeck
Mar 28, 2015 Paula Dembeck rated it liked it
We all experience critical moments in our life that compel us to pick up a challenge and adapt to the new circumstances life presents. Jill Frayne was at such a point. Her daughter Bree was graduating from high school and her relationship with her long time partner Leon seemed to be fracturing. In a moment of high suggestibility while listening to a radio interview, she became excited by the idea of an extended outdoor camping trip to the Yukon. So she made plans, took a leave from work, tied up ...more
It was an ok read. STory about how Jill takes a trip to the wild lands of Canada and that she keeps going back after it is over. I liked paddle to the Arctic better.

Still, as I am also starting, or about to start my 'mid- afternoon' years, she tells me that I don't have to settle for the same-old, same-old. I can dream and plan and go for it. Altho I don't have the cash she has, and i'm still raising a daughter. Not that either of those facts have ever stopped me before. We took our son Tom alo
Apr 01, 2009 Catherine rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
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Nov 10, 2013 Claireinwoodbridge rated it it was amazing
Loved it. It was like reading poetry. Frayne is an incredibly talented writing…her descriptions of the north bring the novel to life. She is very skilled, and I would love to read more of her work. Also, she reminds me of my solo camping experiences, and she really nails some of the experiences. Great topic and I really loved it!
Julie Michaud
Jill Frayne "conquers her fears and begins a new relationship with nature, exuberant at becoming a competent outdoorswoman." (VPL item description)

"Despite a late start I expect to spend the rest of my life dashing off the highway, pursuing this know-how, plumbing the outdoors side of life." From the Trade Paperback edition.
Mar 11, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it
My 2nd time reading this...I like the idea of what she did. I'd love to go wilderness trekking but I still would like to go with another person...not alone. I do feel with her the sense of "freedom" she must have experienced on some of her lonely treks...perhaps one day:)
I need to start this again when I'm in a better frame of mind.
Nicole Fairbairn
Sep 02, 2013 Nicole Fairbairn rated it liked it
This book was just ok. I was mesmerized by the book Wild which is a much better version of the 'finding yourself' through solo travel genre.
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“Landscape, which looks so constant, is on the move. The mountains dream on the horizon, but mountains are just passing through. I watch them, wearing, grinding, rising up out there, their motion still the main beat.” 0 likes
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