“When my daughter hit adolescence, she began wanting to go on solo adventures—partly I’m sure due to my own encouragement, and partly due to her love of Cheryl Strayed’s best selling memoir, Wild, about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail alone,” said Perks. “This brought up a lot of fear in me, and I wanted to write about it, to figure out what was going on.”
What do you do when fate hands you a wild daughter? As Micah recounts her struggles to raise a brave daughter and to keep her safe at the same time, she also tells the story of her own sometimes humorous, sometimes harrowing two-week solo adventure in the Adirondack Mountains as a teenager.
Micah Perks’ candid short memoir takes an insightful look at women and the wild, the wildness she experienced as a child on a commune in the Adirondack wilderness, the ways women and wildness are depicted in movies and books like Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir Wild, and the wilderness she discovers inside her own daughter.