Cheryl Suchors presents "48 Peaks: Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains"
At age 48 Cheryl Suchor vowed to complete all 48 peaks in the White Mountains. Conquering mountain after mountain she found herself facing down also a number of life's larger challenges, heartaches and joys. She endures injuries, novice mistakes, and the heartbreaking loss of a best friend. When breast cancer threatens her own life, she seeks solace and recovery in the wild. Her quest takes ten years. Regardless of the need since childhood to feel successful and in control, climbing teaches her mastery isn't enough and control is often an illusion. Connecting with friends and with nature, suchors redefines success. She discovers a source of spiritual nourishment, spaces powerful enough to absorb her grief, and joy in the persistence of love and beauty. Her book, 48 Peaks: Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains, was born from this inward and outward journey, deftly melding the two into something much more that the average memoir.
Suchors holds degrees from Harvard Business School and Smith College, She has been, a management consultant, telecommunications officer, partner in a national accounting and consulting firm, and president of her own small consulting company, and of course a writer. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Limestone, The Distillery, RE: AL, and HerSports magazine, as well as in the anthology My Other Ex: Women's True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends. In her business career she coauthored the book Own Your Own Cable System. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts
"In this eloquent memoir, Cheryl Suchors charts two different journeys. As she describes her many ascents of the White Mountains of New Hampshire, she also details her involuntary expedition into the world of hospitals and her return to health. And she brilliantly invokes her several friendships with the women who keep her company on both journeys. Suchors writes with eloquence and honesty about the complexities of friendship and about the landscapes she knows so well. 48 Peaks is a compelling and moving book." --Margot Livesey, best-selling author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy and The Hidden Machinery
"Friendships are some of the most essential relationships of our lives--yet they are strangely absent as the subject of memoir. Into this void steps Cheryl Suchors's beautiful, essential 48 Peaks, at once a memoir of a profoundly impactful friendship and the story of Suchors's triumph as she found solace and strength in hiking after her friend's death and her own bout with cancer. Engaging, vivid, and deeply openhearted, this book could be called a manual for hope." --Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, author of The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir