Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild, will be published by Knopf in 2010. Her debut novel, Torch, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 2006. Strayed’s personal essays have appeared in more than a dozen magazines, including the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, Allure, Self, Brain Child and The Sun, and have twice been selected for inclusion in the Best American Essays. She lives in Portland, Oregon. 
Jun 01 2009
A shaky, sickening glee washed through me and then drained away almost immediately, replaced by a daffy disbelief: Alice Munro had written to me. Alice! Munro! Those two words were a kind of Holy Grail to me then: the lilting rise and fall of Alice, the double-barreled thunk of Munro. Together they seemed less like a name than an object I could hold in my hands-a stoneware bowl, perhaps, or a pewter platter, equal parts generous and unforgiving. They bore the weight of everything I loved, admired and understood about the art and craft of fiction, everything I ached to master myself.