The Worrier’s Guide
to the End of the World
by Torre DeRoche
A funny and heartwarming story of one woman’s pursuit to walk off a lifetime of fear – with a soulmate, a pair of bad shoes and whole lot of wine.
Torre DeRoche is at rock bottom following a breakup coinciding with her father’s death, when she crosses paths with the goofy and spirited Masha, who is pursuing her dream of walking the world. When Masha invites Torre to join her pilgrimage through the gorgeous region of Tuscany – drinking wine, foraging wild berries, and twirling on hillsides – Torre straps on a pair of flimsy street shoes and gets rambling.
But the magical hills of Italy are nothing like the dusty and merciless roads of India where the pair wind up, after improvising a pilgrimage in the footsteps of Gandhi along his twenty-four day march to the seaside. Hoping to catch the nobleman’s fearlessness by osmosis and end the journey as two wise, svelte, and kick-ass warriors, the women are instead unravelled by worry that this might be one adventure too far. When they come face to face with their worst fears, they discover the power of friendship to save us from our darkest moments.
“A moving account of conquering fears while walking a pilgrim’s path. Also funny as f@#k.” – Janice MacLeod, author of New York Times bestseller Paris Letters
“A witty and engrossing tale of loss, pain, and transformation that captivates the reader as magically as her first book. I couldn’t put it down!” – Matt Kepnes, New York Times Bestselling Author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day
“Like so many of us, Torre DeRoche is wracked with fear, doubt, uncertainty, anxiety; unlike so many of us DeRoche figured she might as well walk 250 miles through India. Which she does, with humor, grace, insight and a fair amount of grit, too, in this lovely and wholly uplifting account of confronting our fears…” – Carl Hoffman, bestselling author of Savage Harvest