Book Lady named “Contents May Have Shifted” as one of 10 Best Books of 2012.
This is what she had to say:
Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston: From my rave on Book Riot: I read a lot of great fiction this year, and a lot of whoa-how-did-she-pull-that-off fiction. I read some fiction that held up a mirror to my life and asked me to look at myself in a new way, and some fiction that took my breath away with its heart and emotional nakedness. I even read some really fun fiction. But I only read one work of fiction that was all those things, and it was Pam Houston’s globetrotting novel-slash-memoir-slash-sorta-kinda-connected-short-storiesContents May Have Shifted. It was one of my first reads of 2012, and it’s the only one I’ve gone back to over and over. It’s about love and friendship (Houston nails the magic of friendship between women like no one else) and travel, and how sometimes we leave home looking for things we already have. And it’s the closest thing to perfect I’ve read in a really long time.
Also, named one of the best books of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle:
Contents May Have Shifted, by Pam Houston (Norton; 306 pages; $25.95). Houston is a wonderful writer, and the graceful vignettes in her novel – about the wider sphere of romance the world has to offer – are by turns beautiful, slyly funny and heart-stopping.