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Torch

(2006)
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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 Praire 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 38, she receives the devastating news that she is gravely ill. In just a few weeks, she is gone.

The award-winning writer Cheryl Strayed creates from this shattering experience a novel that reviewers have called "an unforgettable read" and "a hauntingly beautiful story" that "shimmers with a humane grace." *

Infused with compassion and surprising humor, Torch takes a refreshingly unsentimental view of a family reeling from crisis. Claire drops out of college to devote herself to keeping her mother's memory alive back home. Joshua drifts out of high school and into trouble, keeping his grief silently private. Suddenly thrown into adulthood, they struggle to figure out how to connect in this new, unthinkable situation. Their one remaining ballast is Teresa's gentle common-law husband, Bruce. When Bruce announces news of his own plans, it comes as a shock not only to Claire and Joshua but also to the townspeople who have watched this unusual family grow and have come to love them.

Cheryl Strayed has a deep appreciation for the shifting rhythms between siblings and parents and for the beautiful terrors of learning how to keep living. The wonderful characters in Torch come alive and stay with you long after the novel ends.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A deeply compelling, wonderfully crafted story." - Elizabeth Berg


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Hardback Editions

February 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Torch
Author(s): Cheryl Strayed
ISBN: 0-618-47217-7 / 978-0-618-47217-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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August 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Torch
Author(s): Cheryl Strayed
ISBN: 1-78239-537-7 / 978-1-78239-537-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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October 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Torch (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Cheryl Strayed
ISBN: 0-345-80561-5 / 978-0-345-80561-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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January 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Torch
Author(s): Cheryl Strayed
ISBN: 0-618-77210-3 / 978-0-618-77210-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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Audio Editions

November 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Torch
Author(s): Cheryl Strayed
Publisher: Random House Audio
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November 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Torch
Author(s): Cheryl Strayed
Publisher: Random House Audio
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November 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Torch
Author(s): Cheryl Strayed
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

June 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Torch: Novel from the author of the huge bestseller Wild.
Author(s): Cheryl Strayed
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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September 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Torch (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Cheryl Strayed
Publisher: Vintage
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