Title Profile & Character Information

Wild

Annotation
Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection.
A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State--and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than -an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.- But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.
Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Awards
2013  Pacific Northwest Bookseller Awards
2012  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
2013  Indies' Choice Book Award

GenreNonFiction
Adventure
    --Travel
Nature
Memoir
TopicsHiking
Women
Travel
Troubled marriages
Death of a parent
Family relationships
Personal narratives
SettingCalifornia
Oregon
Washington
Hiking trail