The Rumpus’s Dear Sugar columnist has revealed her true identity. The story, and an interview, on our Book Bench blog: http://nyr.kr/xUZcNW
Ladies and gentleman: Sugar is out! Your humble tumblrer, a Sugar-fan, was very surprised to realize this morning that she had already seen, assigned, and edited a review of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, her second book, coming out in March. The review appears in the February 15 issue of Library Journal, which comes out (surprise) today!
Here’s LJ’s 2005 review of her first novel, Torch:
Strayed, Cheryl. Torch. Houghton Mifflin, 2005. ISBN 9780618472178.
Teresa Rae Wood signs off from her radio program Modern Pioneers with “Be incredible”—advice that Strayed, an award-winning short story writer and essayist, took to heart in her debut novel. This deeply moving tale set in small-town Minnesota recounts an exceptional woman’s death from cancer and how her family deals with their grief. What Teresa leaves behind when she dies—her voice on the radio, a well-worn red coat, a tube of pink lipstick—has the power to touch her husband and two grown children in painful and desperate ways. Each character deals with the loss privately, not wanting to let the others in, and yet each copes in similar ways. Strayed’s descriptions of her characters’ lives, where and how they live, what they remember, and what they wish to forget ring true and clear and make this novel an unforgettable read; highly recommended.—Joy Humphrey, Pepperdine Univ. Law Lib., Malibu, CA
Library Journal, September 1, 2005