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BOOK REVIEW

‘Contents May Have Shifted’ by Pam Houston

Pam Houston’s kaleidoscopic new novel, “Contents May Have Shifted,’’ is structured around a series of urgent messages from the pilots of airplanes on the verge of disaster.

“I have been in crash position an inordinate number of times,’’ explains its narrator (also named Pam), a woman with a penchant for dangerous travel. The flight she has boarded in the opening section, titled “UA #368,’’ has had fuel-system failure two hours out of Sydney. And that’s just the first of the hair-raising accounts of near disaster in the air that make up the spine of the book.

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