Sointula by Bill Gaston.
About Sointula: A woman sets out in a stolen kayak to find her estranged son with an incompetent travel writer as her companion.
I don't know that I would want to spend time with any of the characters but I was cheering for each of them to find some kind of peace. Full review: Sointula by Bill Gaston
This book was my choice for British Columbia for the Canadian Book Challenge. Status: 10 books read, 7 reviewed