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Publisher Comments:

"Be incredible!" That's the advice Teresa Rae Wood gives the listeners of her popular local radio show, Modern Pioneers!, a kind of hippie Praire Home Companion. Teresa has taken the advice to heart in her own life. As a teen mother and abused wife, she escaped with her two children to rural Minnesota, fell in love with a local carpenter, and raised good kids, Claire and Joshua. Then, at only 38, she receives the devastating news that she is gravely ill. In just a few weeks, she is gone.

The award-winning writer Cheryl Strayed creates from this shattering experience a novel that reviewers have called "an unforgettable read" and "a hauntingly beautiful story" that "shimmers with a humane grace." *

Infused with compassion and surprising humor, Torch takes a refreshingly unsentimental view of a family reeling from crisis. Claire drops out of college to devote herself to keeping her mother's memory alive back home. Joshua drifts out of high school and into trouble, keeping his grief silently private. Suddenly thrown into adulthood, they struggle to figure out how to connect in this new, unthinkable situation. Their one remaining ballast is Teresa's gentle common-law husband, Bruce. When Bruce announces news of his own plans, it comes as a shock not only to Claire and Joshua but also to the townspeople who have watched this unusual family grow and have come to love them.

Cheryl Strayed has a deep appreciation for the shifting rhythms between siblings and parents and for the beautiful terrors of learning how to keep living. The wonderful characters in Torch come alive and stay with you long after the novel ends.

*Library Journal; Kirkus Reviews; Publishers Weekly

Cheryl Strayed's award-winning stories and essays have appeared in more than a dozen magazines, including the New York Times Magazine, Allure, Self, The Sun, and Nerve. Widely anthologized, her work is featured in The Best New American Voices 2003 and has been selected twice for The Best American Essays. Raised in Minnesota, Strayed has worked as a political organizer for womens advocacy groups and was an outreach worker at a sexual violence center in Minneapolis. She holds an M.F.A. from the Syracuse University Graduate Creative Writing Program. She now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two children.

Review:

"Somewhere out in the boonies of Northern Minnesota, where Duluth is the nearest town and 'the Cities,' Minneapolis and St. Paul, seem unimaginably far away, the village of Midden (whose name means a medieval trash heap) pursues its own quiet life. It's the kind of place where you can see a moose on the road and not make too big a deal out of it; where, in the summer, the folks at Len's Lookout, the... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Strayed's descriptions of her characters' lives...ring true and clear and make this novel an unforgettable read." Library Journal

Review:

"Strayed has a gift of getting to the core of the human condition without artifice....A hauntingly beautiful story written with tenderness and endowed with true insights into the frailty of relationships." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Strayed shows a deep appreciation for the rhythms of small-town life....[S]he discerns within one family's crisis the painful, shifting nature of familial relationships." Booklist

Synopsis:

"Work hard. Do good. Be incredible!” Thats the advice Teresa Rae Wood gives the listeners of her popular local radio show, Modern Pioneers, and she has taken it to heart in her own life. She fled a bad marriage, escaping to Midden, Minnesota (pop. 408), where she fell in love with a carpenter who became a loving stepfather to her children, Claire and Joshua. Now Claire is away at college, Joshua is laboring through his senior year of high school, and Teresa and Bruce are working to make ends meet. Despite their struggles, their love for each other binds them as a family. Then they receive the devastating news that Teresa has cancer and at thirty-eight may have less than one year to live. Those she will leave behind face something previously unimaginable — a future without her.

In Torch, the award-winning writer Cheryl Strayed creates from one family's shattering experience a novel infused with tenderness, compassion, and beauty.

Synopsis:

Grounded in the everyday particulars of life in a small town, leavened by earthy humor, this book presents the saga of a family coming to terms with death--a tale of love and loss, grief and redemption set in rural Minnesota.

Synopsis:

Be incredible!" That's the advice Teresa Rae Wood gives the listeners

of her popular local radio show, Modern Pioneers!, a kind of

hippie Prairie Home Companion. Teresa has taken the advice to heart

in her own life. As a teen mother and abused wife, Teresa escaped with

her two children to rural Minnesota, fell in love with a local carpenter,

and raised good kids, Claire and Joshua. Then, aged only thirty-eight,

she receives the devastating news that she is gravely ill. In just a few

weeks, she is gone.

Strayed has a deep appreciation for the shifting rhythms between siblings and parents and for the beautiful terrors of learning how to keep living. Torch is a novel of uncommon candor and wisdom.

About the Author

Cheryl Strayed's award-winning stories and essays have appeared in more than a dozen magazines, including the New York Times Magazine, Allure, Elle, and Nerve. Raised in Minnesota, Strayed has worked as a political organizer for women's advocacy groups and was an outreach worker at a sexual violence center in Minneapolis. She holds an MFA from the Syracuse University Graduate Creative Writing Program.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618472178
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Author:
Strayed, Cheryl
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Mothers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
February 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.16x6.70x1.13 in. 1.32 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Houghton Mifflin Company - English 9780618472178 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Strayed's descriptions of her characters' lives...ring true and clear and make this novel an unforgettable read."
"Review" by , "Strayed has a gift of getting to the core of the human condition without artifice....A hauntingly beautiful story written with tenderness and endowed with true insights into the frailty of relationships."
"Review" by , "Strayed shows a deep appreciation for the rhythms of small-town life....[S]he discerns within one family's crisis the painful, shifting nature of familial relationships."
"Synopsis" by ,
"Work hard. Do good. Be incredible!” Thats the advice Teresa Rae Wood gives the listeners of her popular local radio show, Modern Pioneers, and she has taken it to heart in her own life. She fled a bad marriage, escaping to Midden, Minnesota (pop. 408), where she fell in love with a carpenter who became a loving stepfather to her children, Claire and Joshua. Now Claire is away at college, Joshua is laboring through his senior year of high school, and Teresa and Bruce are working to make ends meet. Despite their struggles, their love for each other binds them as a family. Then they receive the devastating news that Teresa has cancer and at thirty-eight may have less than one year to live. Those she will leave behind face something previously unimaginable — a future without her.

In Torch, the award-winning writer Cheryl Strayed creates from one family's shattering experience a novel infused with tenderness, compassion, and beauty.

"Synopsis" by , Grounded in the everyday particulars of life in a small town, leavened by earthy humor, this book presents the saga of a family coming to terms with death--a tale of love and loss, grief and redemption set in rural Minnesota.
"Synopsis" by , Be incredible!" That's the advice Teresa Rae Wood gives the listeners

of her popular local radio show, Modern Pioneers!, a kind of

hippie Prairie Home Companion. Teresa has taken the advice to heart

in her own life. As a teen mother and abused wife, Teresa escaped with

her two children to rural Minnesota, fell in love with a local carpenter,

and raised good kids, Claire and Joshua. Then, aged only thirty-eight,

she receives the devastating news that she is gravely ill. In just a few

weeks, she is gone.

Strayed has a deep appreciation for the shifting rhythms between siblings and parents and for the beautiful terrors of learning how to keep living. Torch is a novel of uncommon candor and wisdom.

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