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.
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.
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. Download and start listening now!