Cheltenham Town Hall
October 9 2016
Clear, honest, and quietly riveting
A spectacular book... Both a literary and a human triumph
New York Times
A deeply honest memoir about mother and daughter, solitude and courage, and regaining footing, one step at a time
Strayed's language is so vivid, sharp and compelling that you feel the heat of the desert, the frigid ice of the High Sierra and the breathtaking power of one remarkable woman finding her way - and herself - one brave step at a time.
Strayed's worldview - her empathy, her nonjudgment, her belief in the fundamental logic of people's emotions and experiences despite occasional evidence to the contrary - begins to seep into readers' consciousness in such a way that they can apply her generosity of spirit to their own and, for a few hours at least, become better people... courageous and engaging stuff.
New York Times
Charming, idiosyncratic, luminous, profane... Sugar is the ultimate advice columnist for the internet age... She shines out amid the sea of fakeness
These pieces are nothing short of dynamite... Here at Salon we're reading the columns with boxes of tissue and raised fists of solidarity, shaking our heads with awe and amusement
Might be one of the most profound yet enjoyable books you will read this summer... Profane, funny and incredibly moving
I couldn't bring myself to stop reading... It made me laugh out loud and it made me gasp with disbelief... The writing is addictively, breathtakingly greatViv Groskop
This novelist goes fearlessly into this place of raw grief and inappropriate lust and desperate love and simply reports what she sees: These are people who live dense, perplexing, fascinating and authentic lives
Torch is a steady stream of finely wrought portrayals of nuance, moments and emotions. . . . Lovely turns of phrase are coupled with subtle and keen observations and truisms that remind a reader why she reads
A heartbreaking anatomy of one family's grief... Beautifully written and authentic