The Stranger in the Woods

The Stranger in the Woods 1

The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

by Michael Finkel

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/03/2017

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In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods.

He would not speak to another human being until three decades later when he was arrested for stealing food.

Christopher survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store food and water in order to avoid freezing to death in his tent during the harsh Maine winters. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothes, reading material and other provisions, taking only what he needed. In the process, he unwittingly terrified a community unable to solve the mysterious burglaries. Myths abounded amongst the locals eager to find this legendary hermit.

Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life and the challenges he faced returning to the world. The Stranger in the Woods is a riveting story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude and what makes for a good life. Above all, this is a deeply moving portrait of a man determined to live life his own way.

Paperback / softback
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Simon & Schuster, Limited
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United Kingdom
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Michael Finkel

Michael Finkel is the author of True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa, which was adapted into a 2015 major motion picture.

He has written for National Geographic, GQ, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine. He lives in western Montana.

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  • Completely Engrossing

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    This is an extremely compelling work of biography. It documents one of the most peculiar stories of our times - what possesses a twenty-year-old to leave his family home without saying goodbye and disappear into the woods with no intention of seeing another human being ever again?

    Stranger In The Woods offers a fascinating insight into what motivates people in life and how we physically survive and carve out an existence for ourselves. The author, Michael Finkel, was deeply connected to his subject. His obsession with the hermit and the moral ambiguity of the pursuit of the story comes alive on the page as you read. Take my word for it, you'll be completely absorbed by this book.