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Going to the Sun

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  149 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Seven years ago, Penny's boyfriend was savagely attacked by a bear, setting off a chain of tragic events. Now, fighting a debilitating illness and haunted by her past, she finds herself incapable of emotional or sexual intimacy. As a way to break down the defenses she has built up in her safe Chicago life, she sets out on a cross-country bike tour. On this trip she meets N ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Picador (first published 1996)
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Apr 15, 2010 PJ rated it it was amazing
I read this book years ago when it first came out and absolutely loved it. The story has as many twists and turns as her cross-country bike ride to find herself and the ending will leave you breathless. I'm so happy to have rediscovered it here on Goodreads and am excited to read it again.
A young single diabetic woman rides her bike from Chicago to Alaska partially to try and conquer her diabetous but also to put closure on a horrible incident that happened years before in Alaska. The moral of the story I think you can all agree on is "Life is a challenge! Keep going!"
May 02, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it
This is the book that comes to mind with all this talk about bear attacks.
Apr 18, 2013 Tammy rated it liked it
I'm not sure if I was influenced by others comments regarding a male author writing from a woman's perspective, or if I formed my own opinions about that aspect of the book. I guess it was kind of weird- there was one statement about abusive fathers that was especially horrible- but otherwise I may not have noticed anything if I hadn't known. It was constantly in the back of my mind and therefore somewhat of a distraction, though. Even the person on the cover of the book appears to be a man! I l ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Brigid rated it it was amazing
I aspire to write with as detailed observations as McManus's. The small things you wouldn't know unless you were diabetic, the size and location of both bodily and emotional aches, the overlooked things at the side of the road. The effect is that the first couple of chapters are absolutely harrowing, and the rest of the book seems to unfold effortlessly.
Feb 07, 2013 Mike rated it it was amazing
So I picked this up because I know the author's brother and went to law school with his sister-in-law. I also liked his Positively 5th Street about the World Series of Poker. I didn't expect to like this novel about a late twenty something diabetic Phd candidate who can't finish her dissertation and decides to bike from Chicago to Alaska, but I did, a lot.
Sep 18, 2012 Carrie rated it liked it
An early mid-life crisis send a doctoral student on a mission to come to accept herself. Consumed by thoughts of her boyfriend's gruesome death, and her own incurable disease, she travels by bike from Chicago to Alaska hoping to find an answer.
Oct 06, 2011 Mo rated it it was ok
A travelogue about a woman on a cross country bicycle journey. Grizzly bear death, steamy sex with a basketball player... written by a man with really no sense of female experience. He should have written it with a male voice.
Barry Bridges
May 24, 2014 Barry Bridges rated it really liked it
What better way to work through your issues, emotional and physical, than to take off on a cross-country bike tour. A well-told story with twists, turns, and road side sights to keep the reader interested.
Oct 12, 2013 Mara rated it liked it
Shelves: heartstrings
This was a good, intense read. Seemed a little contrived at times, but an interesting story, nonetheless.
Feb 04, 2010 Debs rated it liked it
Shelves: 2006
College graduate diabetic tries to ride her bike to Alaska to come to terms with her past. This book made me afraid of bears.
Jan 14, 2011 Genya rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
This book has everything from Beckett and bicycles, to dead boyfriends, epic journeys and grizzlies -- I read it straight through.
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Feb 01, 2015 Helene Slowik rated it did not like it
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definitely not written by a woman - even though the main character is a woman. The thoughts and decisions aren't realistic/believable. Whole idea is just not credible.
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James "Jim" McManus is an American poker player, teacher and writer living in Kenilworth, Illinois.
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