The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (Wayfarers 4) by
Maybe it’s because I started reading this in a slightly fragile emotional state (and on a plane to boot, so subject to “altitude adjusted lachrymosity syndrome”), but I found this book unexpectedly moving. It’s a tender (thought at times pointed) snapshot of a variety of individuals stuck together for a period of time due to unforeseen circumstances and how they come to terms with each other and themselves. This book, like the others in the series, very much has its heart in the right place, and if it’s all a bit too (right-)on the nose sometimes—well, so be it. This was the perfect, warm-hearted distraction I needed, and I enjoyed the book very much.