Being compared to such treasured books as Eat Pray Love, Lynn Darling’s new book about the search for her identity, Out in the Woods: A Memoir of Wayfinding, is receiving high praise. Darling delves into the experience of finding herself all alone after she was widowed and her daughter left for college. Her quest of self-discovery begins when she leaves New York and heads for the woods of Vermont, a seemingly perfect environment for quite reflection and soul searching.
Darling looks for answers to the questions of who she is and what she should do with the rest of her life. Through the unexpected challenges and obstacles of this adventurous excursion, with nothing but a dog and a compass to assist her, she learns how to navigate life’s often difficult course. Just as she finds her way along unmarked paths in the woods, she will learn to make a fresh start and find her way in the world once again.
It’s no wonder that this book is so popular. Change is never easy but sometimes it can’t be avoided: Children grow up, marriages end, careers don’t always turn out the way we plan; and it is necessary to adapt. Frequently this requires self- evaluation and growth. With people living longer and remaining active for so long, more and more individuals are finding themselves in the position of having to rethink their lives and grow up all over again.
Lynn Darling is also the author of Necessary Sins: A Memoir.