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OFF COURSE, Michelle Huneven's latest novel, follows disillusioned graduate student Cressida Hartley into the Sierra Nevada on a makeshift writers retreat. But Cress spends less time writing and more time "trying on different futures," inhibitions evaporating in the intoxicating mountain air.