Author Podcast: Cheryl Strayed's - WILD
When Cheryl Strayed's mother contracts what initially seems like a cold, her condition rapidly devolves into a diagnose of cancer. In a soul-wrenchingly short seven weeks, her 45-year-young life is taken leaving Cheryl and her two siblings behind. Compelled by profound loss, Cheryl, just 22, sets out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail - all 1100 miles - solo. She has never hiked. She has never backpacked. From her home in Portland, OR she catches a plane to Los Angeles, hitches a ride to the desert town of Mohave and sets off on a journey that will transform her life, compel her to write a bestselling book titled Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail., which Reese Witherspoon options before before the book can make it to print, and hires English novelist, essayist, lyricist and screenwriter Nick Hornby to adapt into a feature film that stars Reese Witherspoon and is now murmured for Oscar nominations. [That is one sentence for a purpose: take a breath, you are only just reading it. Cheryl had to live it.] Suddenly Cheryl's life is vertiginous with success and purpose. Her emotional journey is set to become the public touchstone for transformation over grief.
But wait, there is more.
November 29, 2014 — She next gets a phone call from Oprah who reveals that because of Wild Oprah has decided to re-instate her former book group and launch afresh with Cheryl's uplifting memoir. This propels Cheryl into the realm of Eat Pray Love author, Elizabeth Gilbert whose own personal journey caught the popular interest. Now they share similar consequences of success: book, film, TED talks and a promising future as an inspirational speaker with of course, more books on the way.
Read her book, watch the trailer, then grab your friends to see the movie together in theatres this December. Author coordinates and movie trailer below.