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Authors: Elizabeth Gilbert

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The Last American Man

New York Times
Notable Book and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

At the age of seventeen, Eustace Conway ditched the comforts of his suburban existence to escape to the wild. Away from the crushing disapproval of his father, he lived alone in a teepee in the mountains. Everything he needed he built, grew or killed. He made his clothes from deer he killed
and skinned before using their sinew as sewing thread. But he didn’t stop there. In the years that followed, he stopped at nothing in pursuit of bigger, bolder challenges.

Now, more than twenty years on, Eustace is still in the mountains, residing in a thousand-acre forest where he teaches survival skills and attempts to instill in people a deeper appreciation of nature. But over time he has
had to reconcile his ambitious dreams with the sobering realities of modernity.

‘It is almost impossible not to fall under the spell of Eustace Conway ... his accomplishments, his joy and vigor, seem almost miraculous’
New York Times Review of Books

‘Gilbert takes a bright-eyed bead on Eustace, hitting him square with a witty modernist appraisal of folkloric American masculinity’
The Times

‘Conversational, enthusiastic, funny and sharp, the energy of The Last American Man never ebbs’
New Statesman

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First published in 2019 in the USA as
City of Girls
by Riverhead Books

First published in Great Britain 2019

This electronic edition published in 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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