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Girl in the Woods is Aspen Matis’s exhilarating true-life adventure of hiking from Mexico to Canada—a coming of age story, a survival story, and a triumphant story of overcoming emotional devastation. On her second night of college, Aspen was raped by a fellow student. Overprotected by her parents who discouraged her from telling of the attack, Aspen was confused and ashamed. Dealing with a problem that has sadly become all too common on college campuses around the country, she stumbled through her first semester—a challenging time made even harder by the coldness of her college’s “conflict mediation” process. Her desperation growing, she made a bold decision: she would seek healing in the freedom of the wild, on the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail leading from Mexico to Canada.

In this inspiring memoir, Aspen chronicles her journey, a five-month trek that was ambitious, dangerous, and transformative. A nineteen-year-old girl alone and lost, she conquered desolate mountain passes and met rattlesnakes, bears, and fellow desert pilgrims. Exhausted after each thirty-mile day, at times on the verge of starvation, Aspen was forced to confront her numbness, coming to terms with the sexual assault and her parents’ disappointing reaction. On the trail and on her own, she found that survival is predicated on persistent self-reliance. She found her strength. After a thousand miles of solitude, she found a man who helped her learn to love and trust again—and heal.

Told with elegance and suspense, Girl in the Woods is a beautifully rendered story of eroding emotional and physical boundaries to reveal the truths that lie beyond the edges of the map.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautiful and so wildly engaging.”

    Lena Dunham

  • “ A lovely tribute to the healing power of wilderness.”

    Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “A mesmerizing journey from tragedy to triumph. Aspen shows us how any girl—even the once lost and disempowered—can transform herself and become the director of her own life.”

    Caity Lotz, actress, award-winning AMC show Mad Men

  • “Brave and poetic. Aspen Matis is one of the few genetic writers.”

    Ben Folds, musician

  • “This is a very brave book—because there is an open wound in Girl in the Woods, and it never really closes. It becomes a new organ—of doubt, questioning—that remakes both the body and the mind.”

    Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone critic and New York Times bestselling author

  • Girl in the Woods is a breathtaking, gorgeous, and profoundly wise book. I cried my way through it. Every young woman, old woman, man, and boy should read it.”

    Bonnie Nadzam, award-winning author of Lamb

  • “Aspen Matis reveals wisdoms that are gems—bright and inspiring. This book will astonish you.”

    Shelly Oria, author of New York 1, Tel Aviv 0

  • “Soulful, heartfelt, and transcendent. Girl in the Woods teaches us that writing is a way to heal, empower ourselves, and turn our worst experiences into beautiful art.”

    Kenan Trebincevic, author of The Bosnia List

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About the Author

Aspen Matis, after being raped on her second night in college, dropped out of school and sought solace in a remote wilderness. She now lives in Greenwich Village, where she’s finishing her degree at the New School and working on a novel.