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In the more than twenty years since the body of Chris McCandless was discovered in the wilds of Alaska, his spellbinding story has captivated millions who have either read Jon Krakauer’s iconic Into the Wild or seen Sean Penn’s acclaimed film of the same name.

And yet, only one person has truly understood what motivated Chris’ unconventional decision to forsake his belongings, abandon his family, and embrace the harsh wilderness. In The Wild Truth, his beloved sister Carine McCandless finally provides a deeply personal account of the many misconceptions about Chris, revealing the truth behind his fateful journey while sharing the remarkable details of her own.

Exposing the dark reality that existed behind the McCandless’ seemingly idyllic home in the suburbs of Washington, DC, Carine details a violent home life, one where both parents manipulated the truth about a second family—a deception that pushed Chris over the edge and set the stage for his willing departure into the wild. And though he cut off all family ties, Carine understood—through their indelible bond and some cryptic communication—what Chris was seeking.

This understanding, kept under wraps for years as Carine struggled to maintain a relationship with her parents, now comes to spectacular light in the pages of The Wild Truth. In the decades since Chris’ death, Carine and her half-siblings have come together to find their own truth and build their own beauty in his absence. In each other, they’ve found absolution, just as Chris found absolution in the wild before he died.

Beautiful and haunting, told with candor and heartbreaking insight, The Wild Truth presents a man the world only thought they knew—and the sister who has finally found redemption in sharing the rest of their story.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jon Krakauer’s moving 1996 portrait of [Chris McCandless] in Into the Wild became an international bestseller that was transformed eleven years later into a well-received Sean Penn film. Apparently though, we missed a crucial part of his story. Carine McCandless, his only full sibling, fills in the missing half in this striking memoir about a violent home life and brutal parental deceptions. The Wild Life adds new dimensions to Krakauer’s account and places Chris’ story in even more stark light.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • "The Wild Truth is an important book on two fronts: It sets the record straight about a story that has touched thousands of readers, and it opens up a conversation about hideous domestic violence hidden behind a mask of prosperity and propriety.”


  • “In this fiercely honest and gripping memoir, Carine shares many of these letters and candidly reveals the harsh and violent family in which the two grew up… She honestly shares her successes and failures in work and relationships as she comes to the realization that she has tried to find in adult life what was lacking in her childhood: worth, strength, and unconditional love.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Although McCandless is clearly not a professional narrator—her pacing isn’t always quite right, and some emotional scenes are slightly under- or overwrought—her story of family violence and the consequent search for peace and unconditional love is rendered honestly in a strong, clear voice. McCandless’s undying love for her lost brother, who protected her from a violent father and a self-absorbed mother, pierces the heart. Her voice also portrays a solid loyalty to her half-siblings.”


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About the Author

Carine McCandless is an entrepreneur, activist, and mother. She has been successfully self-employed since she started her first business at the age of nineteen. As a public speaker her presentations are featured in education and corporate venues across the United States. She is the sister of literary icon Chris McCandless and consulted closely with Jon Krakauer on his bestselling book Into the Wild. She also worked as a direct advisor and script contributor to Sean Penn for his film adaptation of the book. She lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her two daughters.