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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: November 2012 ISBN: 9780385393560
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg Boese | 1/28/2014

    " A story filled with Pain. More pain. Followed by pain. Set in Minnesota "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 1/27/2014

    " This was written before Wild. It is fiction but while reading you can feel the truth and emotion behind the words. this is based on her mothers death. it was well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 1/26/2014

    " Cheryl's story is painfully close to home, but she manages to make the telling a healing journey. She is, quite simply, my literary hero. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen McKenna | 1/22/2014

    " Excellent story by an excellent author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Baumann | 1/19/2014

    " Loved it. Heartbreaking and Real. Love Cheryl Strayed's writing! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kendra | 1/15/2014

    " I simply didn't care for this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/27/2013

    " Really liked this , maybe better than Wild "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darlene | 12/3/2013

    " A slow moving microscopic look at a dysfunctional family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 11/27/2013

    " Absolutely beautifully written. So compelling that I didn't' want to put it down. But, MAN, what a hard read. I might have been better off beating myself with a stick for a few days - I felt that damaged when I was done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachelle | 8/17/2013

    " I liked some aspects of this book but I mostly found myself skipping pages. I found a lot of the scenes offensive and it was hard to concentrate on the storyline weeding throught the heavy handed use of the "f" word. Just not my cup of tea I guess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 8/12/2013

    " I'm a bit disappointed in Cheryl Strayed. Maybe I've just over saturated myself in her story. This "novel" is two hairs away from being a memoir. The names were changed, but most everything else was her personal story. I was hoping for something a bit more imaginative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 6/16/2013

    " Emotional, sad story of dealing with the loss of a loved one. Frustrating at times with the actions of the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara Green | 5/9/2013

    " So....dang...slow. Could have been so much better, but it just never got moving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loralee | 5/7/2013

    " It was DEPRESSING!! Not the quality writing I expected from Cheryl Strayed, maybe reading Wild gave me super high hopes for this book....disappointing!! It was OK, not something I would give as a gift or recommend! :-( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen Wainwright | 2/15/2013

    " Well-written and heartfelt, but ultimately, I prefer Stayed's straight-up nonfiction thus far. I could swim miles in her nonfiction, and float along in it in between. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Hammons | 2/1/2013

    " Much of this novel really resonated with me. An interesting, quirky family. I especially liked the way Strayed lets family situations be complex, difficult and even unresolved. Loved the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina Rae | 11/21/2012

    " This novel is gripping. When you feel the pain and disappointment of the characters, it is raw and emotional. A great read! "

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About the Author
Author Cheryl StrayedCheryl Strayed is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Torch. Her stories and essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Allure, The Rumpus, The Missouri Review, The Sun, The Best American Essays, and elsewhere. She lives in Portland, Oregon.