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Gilmore Girls: Wild references left Cheryl Strayed gobsmacked

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Cheryl Strayed, author of acclaimed book Wild, was left “gobsmacked” by all the references to her work in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, as she wrote in a response on Instagram. 

“Gobsmacked & honored by the Wild homage in [Gilmore Girls:] Year in the Life,” she wrote. “I watched it yesterday with my daughter, Bobbi (who is named after my mother). Like so many people, in Lorelai and Rory, I see pieces of myself, my mother, and my daughter.” 

Strayed wrote Wild after going on a months-long hike along the Pacific Crest Trail as a way to cope with the loss of her mother. The book was published in 2012, and later was made into a movie of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon.

The writer posted two screenshots from the new episodes: one of Lorelai (Lauren Graham) reading Wild, and another of the same character hiking. 

“That scene when Lorelai wanders behind the closed store near the trail and looks out across the wild landscape then calls her mom? Took my breath away and made me cry (after laughing at so many others parts),” Strayed continued. “I reached for my daughter’s hand and told her someday she’d understand why I was crying. She said, ‘I understand already, Mom.’ Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel and all the people who made this show: thank you. Y’all touched so many of our hearts.” 

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, consisting of four extended episodes, is available to watch now on Neflix. See Strayed’s response below. 

Gobsmacked & honored by the Wild homage in @gilmoregirls Year in the Life. I watched it yesterday with my daughter, Bobbi (who is named after my mother). Like so many people, in Lorelai and Rory, I see pieces of myself, my mother, and my daughter. That scene when Lorelai wanders behind the closed store near the trail and looks out across the wild landscape then calls her mom? Took my breath away and made me cry (after laughing at so many others parts). I reached for my daughter's hand and told her someday she'd understand why I was crying. She said, "I understand already, Mom." Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel and all the people who made this show: thank you. Y'all touched so many of our hearts. #gilmoregirls #staywild

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Read EW’s recaps from “Winter,” “Spring,” “Summer,” and “Fall,” and learn what those final four words of the revival mean. 

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