Summary

In her debut novel, Torch, best-selling author Cheryl Strayed weaves a searing and luminous tale of a family's grief after unexpected loss.
"Work hard. Do good. Be incredible!" is the advice Teresa Rae Wood shares with the listeners of her local radio show, Modern Pioneers, and the advice she strives to live by every day. She has fled a bad marriage and rebuilt a life with her children, Claire and Joshua, and their caring stepfather, Bruce. Their love for each other binds them as a family through the daily struggles of making ends meet. But when they received unexpected news that Teresa, only 38, is dying of cancer, their lives all begin to unravel and drift apart. Strayed's intimate portraits of these fully human characters in a time of crisis show the varying truths of grief, forgiveness, and the beautiful terrors of learning how to keep living.
©2012 Cheryl Strayed (P)2012 Random House Audio
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Critic reviews

"A heartbreaking anatomy of one family's grief.... Beautifully written and authentic." ( People)
"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 )
" 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)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Heather Humble on 08-02-17

Don't Listen to the Intro

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The intro goes over all the main events from the story and compares them to the author's real life which pretty much ruined the book for me.. why am I spending this many hours listing to a book where I already know what happens... just skip the intro (ch1) and listen to in after.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah16 on 02-07-15

Great book

Touches on all the emotions of losing somebody close to you. It's a great story and great character development. I really enjoyed it!

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