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The key missing piece of Jon Krakauer's multi million, multi territory bestseller and widely acclaimed Sean Penn film Into the Wild is finally revealed by his best friend and sister, Carine.

The story of Chris McCandless, who gave away his savings, hitchhiked to Alaska, walked into the wilderness alone, and starved to death in 1992, fascinated not just New York Times bestselling author Jon Krakauer, but the rest of the nation too.

Krakauer's book and a Sean Penn film skyrocketed Chris McCandless to worldwide fame, but the real story of his life and his journey has not yet been told - until now.

Carine McCandless, Chris's sister, featured in both the book and film, was the person with whom he had the closest bond, and who witnessed firsthand the dysfunctional and violent family dynamic that made Chris willing to embrace the harsh wilderness of Alaska. Growing up in the same troubled and volatile household that sent Chris on his fatal journey into the wild, Carine finally reveals the broader and deeper reality about life in the McCandless family.For decades, Carine and Chris's parents, a successful aerospace engineer and his beautiful wife, raised their children in the tony suburbs of Northern Virginia. But behind closed doors, her father beat and choked her mother. He whipped Carine and Chris with his belt. He cursed them, belittled their accomplishments, and told them they were nothing without him. Carine and Chris hid under the stairs, hoping to avoid his wrath. They were teenagers before they learned they were conceived while their father was still married and having babies with his first wife, who finally summoned the courage to leave him after he broke her back in a fight.

In the 20-plus years since the tragedy of Chris's death, she has searched for some kind of redemption. But in this touching and deeply personal memoir, she reveals how she has learned that real redemption can only come from speaking the truth. Finally, she has found the truth not just in her brother's story, but also her own.

©2014 Carine McCandless (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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I was right!

Into The Wild was a brilliant book and film but I found myself feeling very defensive of the surounding criticism of Chris McCandless’ actions. I am so pleased that Carine has written The Wild Truth which satisfies my curiosity about why it all happened. If you haven’t read Into The Wild you should read it, if you have read it then read this!

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RIP now Chris x

Thank you for sharing the truth, Chris will be proud of you for staying strong.
May love surround you and yours always xx

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Blown away

Having seen the film some time ago I was sceptical about reading this book... However I'm glad I did, it as left me feeling so many emotions having gone through a similar upbringing myself. Perfect narration to a truly wonderful insight to the truth behind Chris's journey.. R I P Chris

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A very brave addition to the basics

PLEASE EXCUSE TYPOS KEYBOARD BROKEN!! Author brave to answer all the personal family stuff around Chris's moving adventure- as well as her own ups and downs in life. Really completes the story for those who have seen the film.
It t is quite long but nee ds to be to get everything in. i found the back pack partthe most moving.Wish more known about how his freinds he et were doing now.

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Delivers exactly what it says it will, honesty, fairness and answers

This book is truly remarkable, Carine McCandless often says and quotes examples to why she's so lucky to call Chris her brother, and how she is so right, I feel that she should also be told how lucky he was and still is, as he watches down on her, to have a sister like her. The love she shows for him, makes the grief she felt all the more incommensurable, yet she came out positively, gleaming, determined and morally brilliant, as to write this novel in his justice. When you give up your prejudice, a different light will gleam on all pathways otherwise non existent before.
When you give up your justice, all but one pathway will disappear, giving you no other option but to take it.
The fairness in this book is also noteworthy. There are many things that can be learnt from this touching story, I for sure have learnt a numerous amount, and for that I thank Carine. God bless