Wild author Cheryl Strayed, who is played by Reese Witherspoon in the film version, on death, divorce and heroin

A home of our own I was born in Pennsylvania, in the USA, in 1968, in a town called Spangler. I have a younger brother and an older sister. When I was about five, my family moved to Minnesota and we lived in a town outside Minneapolis until I was 13. We were working class and poor. My stepfather was a carpenter and he had an accident that laid him up for about a year. In the settlement he got a modest sum of US$ 12,000, which was equal to about a year’s pay. My mom said this was our first…

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