Today I have posted a review of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild, at my writing blog, Healing by Writing. I invite you to join me there and learn more about the book and its author.
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Based on reviews I have read, Wild is a book you love or strongly dislike. I for one loved this book and felt as though I was witness to an extraordinary metamorphosis in Cheryl Strayed as she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in search of healing and self.
Strayed’s life had never been easy, but the loss of her mother to cancer was the crushing blow that pushed her to the edge. Her life spiraled down into easy sex with men other than her husband, dangerous drug use, and an inability to rise above these issues and stay above them.
In the first 100 pages, Strayed explains her last name. In my opinion, she sums up who she is when she makes the decision to hike the PCT. Strayed and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Paul, are reviewing their divorce papers, when they come across a question asking for the last name they would each use after the divorce. Beneath the question was a blank line on which they could write anything, become anyone they wanted to be.