Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Antonia Crane
Alumna, MFA

Cheryl Strayed’s journey into Wild began in her darkest hour—the one during which her mother died of cancer. Strayed’s hunger for transformation compelled her to hike over 1,100 miles through the Pacific Crest Trail alone. It seemed miserable. It sounded impossible. Strayed was ill prepared and under trained. Her innocent and fierce determination pressed her forward no matter what. Wild contains the emotionally intense prose Strayed is known for and the narrative is gripping. Her tenacious momentum and vulnerability combined were at the quiet, surprising heart of Wild.
“Cheryl Strayed Talks About ‘Wild,’ a Memoir of Hiking and Grief,” John Williams, New York Times
Pacific Crest Trail Association
“Suffrage Hike Brings Health to Pilgrims,” The Gazzette Times, 1912

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