Girl in the Woods: A Memoir

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Not since Alice Sebold'sLuckyand Cheryl Strayed'sWildhas a young woman written such a searing, yet hopeful story of survival in the wake of a horrific trauma and finding acceptance, hope, and healing in nature

On her second night of college, amidst the excitement of new friends, new classes, and a new campus, Aspen Matis was raped by a fellow freshman. Vigilantly sheltered by her parents as a teenager, and then silenced by them after her rape, Aspen was left feeling confused, numb, and ashamed. She stumbled through her first semester while enduring the incompetence and coldness of her college's judicial process, until she finally decided to run. The only road in sight: the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail leading from Mexico to Canada.

Now, in this grippingly honest and inspiring memoir of adventure, Aspen recounts her journey from shattered girl to self-reliant woman, as she discovered herself in the wilderness of the American West. Setting out to hike the entire trail in solitude, Aspen details how the five-month trek was ambitious, not to mention dangerous, yet it was the only way she felt she could heal. But what starts as an attempt to break from her past quickly becomes a mission to confront it, as her survival requires her to brave the isolation of the wilderness and the anonymity of the travelers she meets. Along the way, she learns to trust others again, but more importantly she learns to rely on herself. From communing with fellow desert pilgrims to exhausting her physical limits, from hiking desolate mountain passes while on the verge of starvation to meeting her future husband who helps her see what it will take to love again, hers is a story of pushing through emotional and physical boundaries to reveal the truths that lie on the other side.

In the end, this book is a bold and poignant testament to the transformative power of self-reliance. It is a coming-of-age story, a survival story, a love story, but, ultimately, a story of finding hope and healing in nature.

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Girl in the Woods is Aspen Matis's exhilarating true-life adventure of hiking from Mexico to Canada—a coming of age story, a survival story, and a triumphant story of overcoming emotional devastation. On her second night of college, Aspen was raped by a fellow student. Overprotected by her parents who discouraged her from telling of the attack, Aspen was confused and ashamed. Dealing with a problem that has sadly become all too common on college campuses around the country, she stumbled through her first semester—a challenging time made even harder by the coldness of her college's "conflict mediation" process. Her desperation growing, she made a bold decision: She would seek healing in the freedom of the wild, on the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail leading from Mexico to Canada.

In this inspiring memoir, Aspen chronicles her journey, a five-month trek that was ambitious, dangerous, and transformative. A nineteen-year-old girl alone and lost, she conquered desolate mountain passes and met rattlesnakes, bears, and fellow desert pilgrims. Exhausted after each thirty-mile day, at times on the verge of starvation, Aspen was forced to confront her numbness, coming to terms with the sexual assault and her parents' disappointing reaction. On the trail and on her own, she found that survival is predicated on persistent self-reliance. She found her strength. After a thousand miles of solitude, she found a man who helped her learn to love and trust again—and heal.

Told with elegance and suspense, Girl in the Woods is a beautifully rendered story of eroding emotional and physical boundaries to reveal the truths that lie beyond the edges of the map.

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