Combining the soul-baring insight of Wild, the profound wisdom of Shop Class as Soulcraft, and the adventurous spirit of Eat, Pray, Love, a powerful, lyrical memoir of self-discovery full of warmth and wry humor
“Out of the Woods is Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by a writer who has had a lot more tread scorched off her tires than the young and idealistic Dillard; both a compass and a manifesto for navigating the often-treacherous switchbacks of the second half of life. A marvelous book.”—Geraldine Brooks
When her college-bound daughter leaves home, Lynn Darling, widowed over a decade earlier, finds herself alone—and utterly lost. Freed of her parental responsibilities, she has no idea what she wants or even who she is. Searching for answers, she sublets her New York apartment and moves to a small house in rural Vermont. Removed from the familiar, cocooned in the natural world, her only companions a new dog and a compass, she hopes to develop a sense of direction—both in the woods and in her life.
Hiking unmapped trails, Darling meditates on the milestones of her past; as she adapts to the solitude of her new surroundings, she uses the knowledge she’s gained to chart her future. And when an unexpected setback nearly derails her newfound balance, she is able to draw upon her newfound skills to find her bearings and stay the course.
In revealing how Darling learned to navigate—literally and metaphorically—the uneven course of life, Out of the Woods offers a roadmap for moving forward and discovering how to traverse our own individual paths.