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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing new voice in contemporary fiction, June 1, 2007
This review is from: Torch (Paperback)
Cheryl Strayed's premiere novel is a gem. The characters are incredibly complex and startlingly human--you cannot completely love or hate a single one of them. No matter how terrible or beautiful their thoughts and actions, they are narrated by a voice of unabashed honesty that explains without apologizing, suggests without digression. The book explores some of the darkest emotions we all feel at some point in our lives, in a way that will make you blush, laugh out loud and cry, all within the same page. I loved the way the novel picked up on such slight details that told such monumental stories about who we are and how we are bound together, such as a cassette tape daughter Claire swiped from her fleeting lover's home that ends up playing a pivotal role in her stepfather's grieving process. Torch provides hope without being saccharine, remaining entirely real through the end. Definitely a must-read this summer.
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