Finalist at the 2002 National Book Award
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The acclaimed author and journalist Elizabeth Gilbert explores the fascinating true story of Eustace Conway in this rousing examination of contemporary American male identity. Conway left the comfortable suburban home of his family at the age of seventeen in 1977 to move to the Appalachian Mountains. He has lived there for more than two decades, making fire with sticks, wearing animal skins that he has trapped, and trying to persuade Americans to give up their materialistic lifestyles and return to nature with him. To Gilbert, the mythical character of Conway challenges all our assumptions about what it's like to be a modern man in America; it's a symbol of how much we feel like our men, but rarely.