This is a totally unexpected book.
While the book reviews I've read said this was a series of stories, Ithought of it more as a novel told in several parts, over several years.There is one story which does not have the same protagonist, but onlyone.
Each of the stories concerns Jane, whom we first met as a teenager. Janeis learning how to become a woman, then how to be a woman, and, finally,how to be herself and still be happy. The title of the book doesn'trefer to actual hunting and fishing (which in many ways was adisappointment; I was looking for a stereotype-busting book), but ratherto a book every woman has heard of: The Rules. The Rules was writtenseveral years ago, and supposedly told women the rules to catch a man.No one I know admits to having read The Rules; I have no idea how manywomen actually read them.
But long before Jane gets to The Rules, she goes through the break up ofher brother and his girlfriend, a boss who's manipulative, and arelationship with an older man. Although you may not have gone throughthese exact situations, chances are good that you have learned the samelessons through different experiences. Learning is the key to all of thestories. Although we all learn differently, we often learn the samelessons, like not getting too attached to our brother's girlfriend. (Istill miss Dee, my favorite of my brother's girlfriends. If you are outthere, Dee, drop me a line!)
In the end, whether you like this book or not (and I'm not sure if Iliked it), it is thoughtful material. Because it is definitely writtenfor women, it may not be appropriate for men. And it is not appropriatefor younger girls, as there is much sexual content, and other adultthemes.