From the book jacket:
A family founders after a mother's death in this
beautifully observed debut. 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
Comment: As a teenage mother, Teresa and her two children fled her abusive husband and settled in rural Minnesota, where she fell in love with a local carpenter, raised two good kids, and became renowned for her decency and intelligence, and for her radio show, "Modern Pioneers". Then, in her late thirties, with a teenage son, a daughter in college and a devoted common-law husband, she...
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