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Torch by Cheryl Strayed
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Jun 26, 2009

really liked it
Read in June, 2009

A friend whose significant other died recently of lymphoma lent me this book, and as I read it I wondered how she could bear to read it herself. The painfulness of the topic aside, it's a realistic look at first, the process of dying from cancer, and second, the effect of the death of a young mom on her two kids and their step-dad. Claire, the daughter, is at the U of Minnesota, and her brother is still in high school in a small Minnesota town. Each family member deals with the death differently, and at times the reader wants to get into the story and give each one a shake! By the end I appreciated all of the characters and the author for sharing what is in part her own life story and helping me appreciate that life, often messy, never leaves us stuck in one place unless we choose to remain there.
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message 1: by Barner (new)

Barner I read TORCH a couple years ago after reading a review in the Fargo Forum. Good to be reminded of a good book.

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