I loved this book.  It lived up to every single expectation I had and exceeded all of them.

I loved it so much I carried it with me everywhere I went for 3 days.  Everywhere.  Try not to use your imagination.

I loved it so much I got pissy whenever anyone had the nerve to interrupt my reading.  That includes the cutest puppy in the world who, it seemed, needed to be let out to do her business and/or chase squirrels every 5 minutes.

I loved it so much I didn’t skim a single paragraph.  If you’re wondering how the writer can spend 311 pages on this trail and not bore you for a single sentence, stop wondering.

I loved it so much I’m sending out emails to friends who don’t read this blog (ahem) and insisting they buy this book.

I loved it so much I started thinking, If this book doesn’t win some huge prize — the National Book Award, the Pulitzer — I’ll be shocked.  

I loved it so much I thought I’d cry yesterday when I heard that old, sappy song Wildfire from the mid-1970s, the one about the pony that goes missing in a blizzard.  There is no explanation for this.

I loved it so much I’m sad it’s over.  I have regrets.  Could have missed anything??  There it is, its shiny, stark-white cover with its photo of a broken-down boot, resting on the table next to me.  Finished.

I feel sorry for whatever book I read next.  I’ll be on the rebound.

When was the last time you loved a book this much?

24 thoughts on “Wildfire

    1. CJ

      Wow, my post makes no sense, ignore that word finishing in the middle of two books I love. Finishing a book is a testament to my loving it. The last one I finished was Open City by Coles and Before that The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector.

      Your love of Strayed will get me to begin it.

      1. CJ

        Just finished the first 30 pages and immediately bought the book. As a reader I love it so far. As a writer I wish she hadn’t used the word arguably in the first 10 pages.

      2. Teri Post author

        I know. It’s awful when something like one word gets to you and makes you think, “oh no…” A THOUSAND ACRES is one of my favorite books of all time, and I can’t believe how many times (2 dozen???) Smiley uses the word “punctuated.” Everything and everything is punctuated punctuated punctuated. Man does that kill me. Where was her editor?! But I still love it.

  1. jennifersanford

    Plainsong. That book just rocked my world. I’ve been sending all of your suggestions to Mia. She’s our next “picker” and she (admittedly) usually chokes and picks something odd. Maybe we’ll read this!!

    1. Teri Post author

      Thanks for the PLAINSONG reminder! And yes, this would be an awesome book club pick — there would be plenty to discuss, and differing opinions.

  2. Averil Dean


    I want to love this book you love. I do, really I do. But I’m having trouble setting my teeth into anything these days. Only the non-fictions hold my interest, and those last for only a section or two at a time. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I hope the passion returns after my WIP is finished.

    1. Teri Post author

      Oh how I love LOLITA. 😉

      I’m at a tough place in my m/s, so it’s probably best I don’t invest myself in another great read immediately. Like this past week, when I should have been working more and reading less…. but there was WILD to save me from myself.

  3. erikamarks

    I am SO glad the book lived up to all you’d hoped for–there is nothing like that deep satisfaction. And I love that say you will now be on “the rebound”–next book beware.

    For me, it was Alex George’s A GOOD AMERICAN. I had been so looking forward to getting his book, so to be so enthralled was more than a relief, it was a true joy.

    I’ve been slow to “date” again–but maybe WILD is just the right book to get back on the horse with…or the trail, as it were.

  4. macdougalstreetbaby

    Of course I’m going to run right out and get this book. How could I not? There are only 2 books that I felt this way about. Crime and Punishment, which I’ve mentioned so often I’m getting tired of hearing about it, and Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi. Of course I read both eons ago. I wonder if I’d feel the same way today if I were just now reading them. Where you are in your own life is so important to how you approach the telling of a story. I think about my daughter who is almost 11 years old. She finished Hunger Games in 24 hours, closed the book, and yelled, “I LOVE THIS BOOK!” I’m about 1/3 of the way through and wonder if I’ll have the same reaction. Will 33 years make a difference?

    1. Teri Post author

      For those of us who have lost mothers, it’s an especially brave and honest and heartbreaking and adventurous story. I’ll be curious to know what you think of it.

      1. CJ

        Well that’s the thing Teri–I’ve lost a mother but not a mother like hers–was not in love with mine–so can’t relate fully to the vacancy she feels.

      2. Teri Post author

        Which will make your reading of it all the more interesting. There will be, and should be, so many varied reactions to the parts of this story: the mother’s death, the lone hike, the drug use, what is a family?, the sense of being lost and/or found, etc…

      3. CJ

        Yes it will be interesting. I’m only a fourth way in but to me so far it’s more an addict’s recovery story than a grief journey. Combined with fish out of water.

  5. lisahgolden

    I was so not ready to finish reading The Chronology of Water that I slowed down my already slow reading as I neared the end. I immediately picked up The Hunger Games because Sophie had the same reaction as MSB’s daughter, but I haven’t gotten far enough in to be swept up. I need more reading time squished in between the driving, working, writing, cleaning, sleeping times.

    1. Teri Post author

      The Hunger Games will be a nice little escape hatch — it’s just fun reading that you’ll knock right out, no slowing down required…

  6. Bobbi

    Oh The Stone Diaries, years ago and also Middlesex created a similar rapture. I love ’em all though. It’s fun reading your excitement about a book. She’d be happy to know I’m sure.

    1. Teri Post author

      Thanks for reminding me of The Stone Diaries, Bobbi. That is exactly what I need to be reading right now. Exactly.

  7. Sherry Stanfa-Stanley

    Elizabeth Berg just posted, on Facebook, similar sentiments about this book.

    Not that I need anything else added to the nearly 50 to-be-read books in my library… but I may have to give in and buy this.

  8. CJ

    I finished Wild over the weekend and found it a masterful weaving of thought and action. So balanced, yet exuberant. There’s a good review in the Sunday NYT Book Review.

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