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Teresa Rae Wood signs off from her radio program Modern Pioneers with "Be incredible"-advice that Strayed, an award-winning short story writer and essayist, took to heart in her debut novel. This deeply moving tale set in small-town Minnesota recounts an exceptional woman's death from cancer and how her family deals with their grief. What Teresa leaves behind when she dies-her voice on the radio, a well-worn red coat, a tube of pink lipstick-has the power to touch her husband and two grown children in painful and desperate ways. Each character deals with the loss privately, not wanting to let the others in, and yet each copes in similar ways. Strayed's descriptions of her characters' lives, where and how they live, what they remember, and what they wish to forget ring true and clear and make this novel an unforgettable read; highly recommended.-Joy Humphrey, Pepperdine Univ. Law Lib., Malibu, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

In bestselling author Cheryl Strayed's powerful novel, Teresa Rae Wood receives a shocking death sentence in the form of a terminal cancer diagnosis at the age of 38. With less than a year to live, her family comes together in an attempt to deal with the crisis and the inevitable loss. In this audio edition, Strayed delivers a powerful performance. And while her narration is far from polished, the inherent emotional investment she has in her story makes for a truly affecting listening experience. Strayed's pacing is steady, and the author's insider knowledge of the characters allows her to portray them in a realistic and compelling fashion. A Vintage paperback. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

"I loved the honesty of this novel, the way it looked at every aspect of loss and recovery -- the pain, the joy, the absurdity, the anger, the despair, the hope and the great beauty -- without every holding back." --Elizabeth Berg "A deeply honest novel of life after catastrophe, of intimacy lost and found." O, The Oprah Magazine "Beautifully written and authentic in its portrayal of the unexpected fallout a family death can engender." People Magazine "In language that's lyrical and haunting, Cheryl Strayed writes about bliss and loss, about the kind of grace that startles and transforms us in ordinary moments." --Ursula Hegi, author of Stones from the River "Lovely." Entertainment Weekly "A literary balm for those who know what it means to lose a parent." The Oregonian "Shows how death can untie, and hopefully, in time, affirm, familiar bonds." The San Francisco Chronicle "Cheryl Strayed proves a master of the little and the big, the telling details that cement the book's larger themes in mind and memory . . . an irresistibly engaging debut read." Minneapolis Star-Tribune "[Strayed] goes fearlessly into this place of raw grief and inappropriate lust and desperate love . . . [her characters] live dense, perplexing, fascinating, and authentic lives." --Book World The Washington Post "Torch is a steady stream of finely wrought portrayals of nuance, moments, and emotions." Newsday "A hauntingly beautiful story written with tenderness and endowed with true insights into the frailty of relationships." Kirkus Reviews "We know these characters so well and with such intricate understanding that their lives belong to us in a way that is the rare gift of fiction and a particular triumph of Strayed's wise and beautiful novel." --Susan Richards Shreve "Strayed knows how to balance the heartache with humor, and the spiritual with the mundane, to create characters you begin to know like friends."l

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