Literature

Carine McCandless's The Wild Truth, a Memoir of Domestic Violence

Jon Krakauer's haunting biography Into the Wild tells the story of Chris McCandless, a young man who severed his ties with his family and ventured into the Alaskan wilderness, where he died. The book has become a modern-day classic, widely read in college classrooms and hotly debated by some who see McCandless as fundamentally selfish and ill-prepared for his journey and others who laud him as a contemporary hero, a romantic wanderer killed in pursuit of solitude and enlightenment.

In her recent memoir The Wild Truth, Carine McCandless argues that there is little mystery as to why her brother severed ties with his family: Their mother and father were verbally and physically abusive, and he fled that trauma. She wrote about it, hoping her story would fill in the gaps in Krakauer's book and be a useful tool for other people dealing with domestic violence. In advance of her reading tomorrow at the Tattered Cover, Westword spoke with McCandless about her book and her brother.

See also: Bruce Weber on Bicycling, Mortality and Life Is a Wheel

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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Culture Editor since 2016, writing about the arts, music and film.
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