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In her debut novel, Torch, bestselling author Cheryl
Strayed weaves a searing and luminous tale of a family''s grief
after unexpected loss. "Work hard. Do good. Be incredible!" is the
advice Teresa Rae Wood shares with the listeners of her local radio
show, Modern Pioneers, and the advice she strives to live
by every day. She has fled a bad marriage and rebuilta life with
her children, Claire and Joshua, and their caring stepfather,
Bruce. Their love for each other binds them as a family through the
daily struggles of making ends meet. But when they received
unexpected news that Teresa, only 38, is dying of cancer, their
lives all begin to unravel and drift apart. Strayed''s intimate
portraits of these fully human characters in a time of crisis show
the varying truths of grief, forgiveness, and the beautiful terrors
of learning how to keep living.