Planning for Escape

A Novel

Planning for Escape is the haunting, darkly comical, story of a young woman’s quest for personal and artistic fulfillment—a goal she is brilliant at sabotaging. Narrated through an intense, witty, yet poetically lyrical interior monologue, Catherine interweaves her own unique perspectives on memory, family, and place, with the compelling and luminous account of her endlessly disappointing search for love through a dazzling array of quirky people and unforgettable places. Grounded in an escape to memorable places—from New England to Ireland, to Japan and back again—the narrative ultimately shifts to the historically preserved and richly ambient world of Greensboro, Vermont. This novel will inspire every searcher who ever felt disappointed with what life had delivered, as opposed to what was expected. It is for all those who ever wanted to escape, ever longed to return home, or ever considered deriving new joy from simply giving up and saying goodbye to old places in search of the new.

Sara Dillon of Belmont, MA

Sara Dillon has deep family roots in northeastern Vermont. She has been a legal scholar, as well as a teacher and writer of fiction and poetry. Holding a PhD in Japanese literature from Stanford and a law degree from Columbia University in New York, she has published and lectured widely in such diverse areas as international children’s rights, global economic development, and the modern Japanese novel.

During many years spent in Ireland, Sara did important work in linking cultural values to landscape preservation. She currently divides her time between Belmont, Massachusetts and Greensboro, Vermont.

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