Sue Monk Kidd has touched millions of readers with her novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair and with her acclaimed nonfiction. In this intimate dual memoir, she and her daughter, Ann, offer distinct perspectives as a fifty-something and a twenty-something, each on a quest to redefine herself and to rediscover each other.
Between 1998 and 2000, Sue and Ann travel throughout Greece and France. Sue, coming to grips with aging, caught in a creative vacuum, longing to reconnect with her grown daughter, struggles to enlarge a vision of swarming bees into a novel. Ann, just graduated from college, heartbroken and benumbed by the classic question about what to do with her life, grapples with a painful depression. As this modern-day Demeter and Persephone chronicle the richly symbolic and personal meaning of an array of inspiring figures and sites, they also each give voice to that most protean of connections: the bond of mother and daughter.
A wise and involving book about feminine thresholds, spiritual growth, and renewal, Traveling with Pomegranates is both a revealing self-portrait by a beloved author and her daughter, a writer in the making, and a momentous story that will resonate with women everywhere.
"Although the 'maiden-mother-crone' symbolism grows repetitive and forced, their's is a moving journey." - Publishers Weekly
"A touching rapprochement between mother and daughter, but much of the writing is murky and both narratives sound curiously alike - won't deter the many fans of Mom, however." - Library Journal
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Martha Randall Black Themes that touch us all One theme after another struck a chord within me as I read this book - aging, creativity, spirituality, loss, motherhood...again and again a single, well-crafted thought brought tears to my eyes. While I identify primarily with the mid-life Sue, I clearly remember my younger self in Ann's chapters, and can see my own daughter in her as well. It was wonderful to have real issues and emotions presented so succinctly and yet so deeply.
Sue Monk Kidd is a writer, novelist and memoirist. She was born in Albany, Georgia and raised in the tiny town of Sylvester, Georgia. Kidd started out writing non-fiction with God's Joyful Surprise, When the Heart Waits, and The Dance of the Dissident Daughter. Kidd turned to fiction in her forties, starting big with the best-selling The Secret Life of Bees, and following with The Mermaid Chair. Her newest book, Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story, is a travel memoir co-written with her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor. Today Kidd lives in Southwest Florida with her husband, Sandy, and their black lab.
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