Pushcart Prize-winning writer whose second novel, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, debuted at #7 on the New York Times Best Seller list and has since been translated into over 30 languages.
She moved to Aitkin County, Minnesota, with her mother, stepfather, and siblings when she was 13 and lived in a house without water or electricity.
Her work has been featured in The Best American Essays.
She has published essays in The New York Times Magazine and The Missouri Review.
Nick Hornby adapted her novel Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail into a screenplay, which later became a film starring Reese Witherspoon.