At the age of twenty-two, Elizabeth Gilbert was doing everything she could to avoid a nine-to-five job. She worked on ranches in Wyoming, rode horses pretending to be a cowgirl, and fell for the smooth-talking cowboys who were the last vestige of the American frontier that she longed for. And then she met Eustace Conway.
Eustace Conway is like no other man. At the age of seventeen, he ditched the comforts of suburbia to escape to the mountains where he lived alone in a teepee. Twenty years on, he is still there. Everything he needs he builds, grows or kills. Over the years, he has stopped at nothing in pursuit of bigger, bolder challenges: he travelled the Mississippi in a handmade wooden canoe; he walked the two-thousand-mile Appalachian Trail; he hiked across the German Alps in trainers.
Dazzled by his tales of daring and adventure, Elizabeth Gilbert set off on her own adventure to discover the last American man.
‘An extraordinary individual whose flaws are as huge as his talents… Conversational, enthusiastic, funny and sharp, the energy of The Last
American Man never ebbs’ New Statesman
‘Riveting, deftly written’
‘Gilbert takes a bright-eyed bead on Eustace, hitting him square with a witty modernist appraisal of folkloric American masculinity’
“There is not doubt that Conway has achieved something truly momentous’