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Review… Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

Author: Cheryl Strayed

Title: Wild

Length: 311pages

Publisher: Atlantic Books

I first came across this book when I saw Cheryl interviewed by Oprah on TV, with Oprah announcing that was she reinstating her book club because this book was so good. I mean, how could I not read it. ‘I love this book. I want to shout it from the mountaintop.’ – Oprah Winfrey.

At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In wake of her mother’s rapid death from cancer, her family grew apart and her marriage soon crumbled. With seemingly nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred Miles of the west coast of America – from the Mojave Desert, through to California and Oregon, and into Washington State – and to do it alone. She had no experience of long-distance hiking and the journey was nothing more than a long on a map. But it held a promise – a promise of piecing together a life that lay shattered at her feet. Wild is a brutal memoir of survival, grief and redemption – a searing portrayal of life at its lowest ebb and its highest ebb.

How wild it was. To let it be.

Cheryl Strayed is one of the best writers around. I don’t usually read non-fiction but I had to give this ago. It truly takes you on a journey this book. Although Cheryl is telling her story about how she’s making this journey alone you’ll feel like you’re right there with her.

You’ll be hooked from the first page, Cheryl weaves the book with passages from the hike to her memories of her life before and Mother. Both as enthralling as the other.

Cheryl’s writing is like nobody else’s. The way Cheryl recalls the loss of her mother is brutal, harrowing, heartfelt and loving. You’ll love with both women. Then they way Cheryl describes the journey of her hike is breathtaking, you’ll feel like you’re really there with the epic scenery conveyed and the gruesome detail of what she endured.

I’ve always felt a connection to this book, even more this year when I unfortunately lost my mother. As I’m sure you can imagine it means even more to me now. Cheryl is writing from the heart and it’ll get you in your heart. Grab the tissues, you’ll need them.

So, if you’re like me and looking to give a non fiction memoir ago. Make it this one, you won’t regret it.

Until the next review.

JTH

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