Paperback - 2012 | 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed.
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Grounded in the everyday particulars of life in a small town, leavened by earthy humor, this book presents the saga of a family coming to terms with death--a tale of love and loss, grief and redemption set in rural Minnesota.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed.
ISBN: 9780345805614
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: xvi, 410 p. ; 20 cm.


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prettiipreppii Dec 25, 2016

Not bad but not too good either.In the middle for me.I've read better!

Feb 10, 2016

I found this book to be quite captivating. I enjoyed the character studies of all of the people in the book. It was at times disturbing and sad, at other times joyful and satisfying. I found it to be quite thought-provoking and I wished the characters well as I read. Once I got to the middle I ended up spending a rainy day reading it to the end.

ksoles Jul 12, 2012

In Cheryl Strayed's debut novel, cancer rocks the foundation of a Minnesota family. As a teenaged mother, Teresa Rae Wood fled her abusive husband and started a new life outside Duluth. Townspeople know her for her decency, her keen mind and her quirky radio program, "Modern Pioneers."

Teresa's family includes her daughter, Claire, a book-smart and emotive college senior; her son, Joshua, a sensitive and taciturn adolescent about to graduate from high school; and Bruce, her common-law husband and adoring soulmate. The tragic news of Teresa’s diagnosis followed by her ultimate death shatters the family as each member takes a unique approach toward self-destruction. Bruce alienates himself from the community and latches on to the first single woman he can find. Joshua develops a drug habit, drops out of school and becomes a father. Claire has a sexual dalliance with a much older man and lets her studies slide.

If you've read Strayed's excellent new memoir, "Wild," "Torch" may seem repetitive because of its autobiographical nature. Nevertheless, Strayed has a gift of getting to the core of the human condition without artifice. She effectively taps into the psyche of midwestern America, and her evocative prose leaves an indelible mark. She has composed a hauntingly beautiful story written with tenderness and endowed with true insights into the frailty of relationships.

Jun 29, 2006

Excellent family drama. One of those page-turners with wonderful dialogue between characters you care about. Teresa, a young mother of two teens dies of cancer and the story explores the grief of her children and her common law husband Bruce. I hated to see this book end.


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