@CherylStrayed Yay, that is awesome! Home-town praise is always the warmest and fuzziest for some reason.
"So many of those people I thought would cast me out actually welcome me into the fold, and they're really proud," Strayed says. "I'm not speaking for the whole town. But a few dozen people from that time in my life have been incredibly supportive."
The acceptance is meaningful, Strayed says, and Minnesota continues to be an important part of her work. For the author now, even though Oregon is home, "Minnesota is home home," she says.
Meet Cheryl Strayed: Three October events:
Books & Bars: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 5:30 at Amsterdam Bar, 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul.
St. Thomas: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7:30 at John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts Auditorium, St. Paul Campus.
Micawber's Books: Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 at 2238 Carter Ave., St. Paul.
"I look out across the landscape, and I just think, in some ways this is where I belong and always will."