An instant New York Times best-seller.

Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for twenty-seven years, making this dream a reality — not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.

“the power and dignity of parable”

“In Finkel’s hands, the story assumes the power and dignity of parable and feels as if we have having been waiting our whole lives to hear what someone like Chris Knight might say about us.” —Sebastian Junger, bestselling author of The Perfect Storm

“something magical”

“Michael Finkel has done something magical with this profound book: He’s written a gripping modern parable about how one man did the unthinkable, walked away from life as we know it to find a sort of happiness in isolation and silence.” —Michael Paterniti, bestselling author of Driving Mr. Albert