Torch (book)

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Torch (Cheryl Strayed novel - cover).jpg
AuthorCheryl Strayed
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
Published in English
February 1, 2006
Media typeprint, digital, audio
Pages336 (hardcover)

Torch is the debut novel of American author Cheryl Strayed. Published in 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the book was a finalist for the Great Lakes Book Award and was selected by The Oregonian as one of the top ten books of 2006 by writers living in the Pacific Northwest. The book presents the story of family crisis and grief through the failing health and subsequent death of a mother of two children in Minnesota. The book is loosely based on the real life of the author.[1][2]


Torch has been reviewed by journalists on staff at the San Francisco Chronicle,[3] the Austin Chronicle,[4] Entertainment Weekly,[5] Curled Up,[6] Kirkus Reviews,[7] and Publishers Weekly.[8]


  1. ^ Jeff Baker, The Oregonian. "Portland author Cheryl Strayed, also known as Dear Sugar, writes personal stories that bond with her devoted readers". Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  2. ^ Oregon. "". Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  3. ^ "'Torch' names the pain that lingers after a death". SFGate. 2006-02-26. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  4. ^ "Review: Torch - Books". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  5. ^ Jennifer Reese (2006-02-01). "Torch Review | Book Reviews and News". Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  6. ^ "Torch - book review". 2007-01-27. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  7. ^ Hoagland, Tony. "TORCH by Cheryl Strayed | Kirkus Book Reviews". Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  8. ^ "Fiction Review: Torch by Cheryl Strayed". 2005-11-07. Retrieved 2012-12-28.