At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything.
In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, as well as the advice essay collection Tiny Beautiful Things and the novel Torch. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages around the world.
Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. The movie adaptation of Wild was released in 2014. The film is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl and Laura Dern as Cheryl's mother Bobbi, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby.
Strayed's essays have been published in The Best American Essays, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Missouri Review, The Sun, Tin House, Glamour, and other magazines. She is also a regular columnist for the New York Time Book Review.
Strayed is the co-host, along with Steve Almond, of the WBUR podcast Dear Sugar Radio, which originated with her popular Dear Sugar advice column on The Rumpus.
Strayed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband the filmmaker Brian Lindstrom and their two children.