In this rousing examination of contemporary American male identity,
acclaimed author and journalist Elizabeth Gilbert explores the
fascinating true story of Eustace Conway. In 1977, at the age of seventeen,
Conway left his family’s comfortable suburban home to move to the
Appalachian Mountains. For more than two decades he has lived there,
making fire with sticks, wearing skins from animals he trapped, and
trying to convince Americans to give up their materialistic lifestyles
and return with him back to nature.
To Gilbert, Conway's mythical
character challenges all our assumptions about what it is to be a modern
man in America; he is a symbol of much we feel about how our men should
be, but rarely are.
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