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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,200 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cheryl Strayed Narrator: Cheryl Strayed Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“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, 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 thirty-eight, she receives the devastating news that she is gravely ill. In just a few weeks, she is gone.

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  • A heartbreaking anatomy of one family's grief. . . . Beautifully written and authentic. People
  • I loved the honesty of this novel, the way it looked at every aspect of loss and recovery--the pain, the joy, the absurdity, the anger, the despair, the hope and the great beauty--without ever holding back. Elizabeth Berg
  • Exquisite, powerful. . . . Strayed's Torch is an amazing feat. . . . This is autobiographical fiction at its best. Portland Tribune
  • "A deeply honest novel of life after catastrophe, of intimacy lost and found. O, The Oprah Magazine
  • "Torch is a steady stream of finely wrought portrayals of nuance, moments and emotions. . . . Lovely turns of phrase are coupled with subtle and keen observations and truisms that remind a reader why she reads. Newsday
  • "Strayed proves a master of the little and the big. . . . There is throughout the novel a perfectly tuned ear. Combined with her empathic skills, she has transformed these familiar themes into an irresistibly engaging debut read. Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • "This novelist goes fearlessly into this place of raw grief and inappropriate lust and desperate love and simply reports what she sees: These are people who . . . live dense, perplexing, fascinating and authentic lives. Washington Post Book World
  • [Strayed] astounds—producing a literary balm for those who know what it means to lose a parent. Coming on the heels of Joan Didion's memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking, Torch echoes a similar theme: loss of a loved one will usher chaos into your life; it will shake you to your core; on its worst day, grief will make you absolutely crazy. The Oregonian
  • "Strayed...has a light hand, delivering emotional scenes with a journalistic eye, picking out the important details without resorting to purple prose. . . . Very moving. San Francisco Chronicle
  • "It's a beautiful book, expansive in its treatment of tragedy and grief, but equally attentive to all of the most telling details. The language is lovely, offering delicious, compelling imagery without being heavy-handed. Providence Journal
  • Strayed knows how to balance the heartache with humor, and the spiritual with the mundane, to create characters you begin to know like friends. Pages Magazine
  • Strayed addresses this universal theme with skill and unflinching compassion by creating exceptionally believable characters. . . . The details are precise, understated and devastating. . . . The metaphors are original and rich. . . . In short, this is a very moving and accomplished novel. Bookreporter.com
  • “A deeply honest novel of life after catastrophe, of intimacy lost and found.”

    O Magazine

  • “Beautifully written and authentic.”

    People

  • “A steady stream of finely wrought portrayals of nuance, moments, and emotions.”

    Newsday

  • “Strayed astounds—producing a literary balm for those who know what it means to lose a parent.”

    Oregonian

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Terrill | 2/18/2014

    " An interesting, well-written description of what happens to a family after the mother dies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Becky Torbett | 2/13/2014

    " A story of family dynamics . . . I found it to move along a little too slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judy Cummings | 2/13/2014

    " Cheryl's "Wild" was much better. Took me awhile to finish this one. Some reactions were typical of someone her age going through grief. It was slow reading - lacked the humor that "Wild" had. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sarah Laliotis | 2/13/2014

    " could see why this might appeal to some auidences but was totally not my style. it dragged on so much numerous times I just wanted to give up reading! I finished hoping there was something that would come from of it but was disappointed from beginning to end. "

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