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Torch by Cheryl Strayed
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Jul 08, 2012

really liked it
Read in July, 2012

Once I started, I couldn't put this book down! Strayed and her 'extreme compassion' movement shines ever so brightly in this story about Terese, a woman who finds out that has interminable cancer and her family. The book bounces back and forth between her, her children, and her long time partner, Bruce. One of the things that I liked best about this book is the way that it tells stories about the less than admirable actions that each character takes, and then continues the storytelling without judgment and with almost exclusive focus on the emotions felt by, and the relationships between the different characters. 'Torch' is not as personal as 'Wild' is (although Claire's character seems to be loosely based on Strayed's life) but it is moving and thought provoking nonetheless. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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