Pam Houston’s novel Contents May Have Shifted (W.W. Norton & Co. $25.95) is journey of discovery and far-flung adventures. Pam gets on airplane after airplane, attempting to seize life on her own terms in the midst of a crumbling relationship with her boyfriend Ethan, who is so unavailable in so many ways, even his cell phone seems to suggest she should cut him off. Pam is determined to unburden herself from the demons of her past and—with the help of a well-chosen cast of loyal friends—find solid ground in her life. “In controlled, elegant prose, Houston imbues each pithy chapter with unifying lyricism.”―Booklist, starred review. Houston’s writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories of the Century, and the Pushcart Prize.