This was an oddball find from Frederik Pohl; I have read much of his work, and this one is a bit out of left field in some ways. Yes, it contains Pohl's trademark satirical take on future civilization, but in the end it doesn't do much and doesn't go very far; which kind of fits the title.
Slowyear is a one of the planets colonized by mankind, and backwater one at that. The planet draws its name from the fact that it takes more than nineteen standard Earth years for it too make a revolution of its sun.
Much about Slowyear makes it an obscure planet including that it is a bit out of the way for the trade routes. This is why the merchant ship Nordvik - a backwater ship in its own right that cannot compete in the hustle and bustle of the busier planets - visits Slowyear.
This short novel is the story of this visit to Slowyear by the Nordvik and the intermingling of the crew and the planet's inhabitants. Not much happens here in the end; but in the end, there is a twist.
A Guide to my Book Rating System:
1 star = The wood pulp would have been better utilized as toilet paper.
2 stars = Don't bother, clean your bathroom instead.
3 stars = Wasn't a waste of time, but it was time wasted.
4 stars = Good book, but not life altering.
5 stars = This book changed my world in at least some small way.