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We go through so many stages as women: first being a child, dependent on our own mothers for everything; then a teenager, raging with hormones and aching for freedom and independence; as young adults we try to figure ourselves out; then we are young women, perhaps wives; motherhood is a distinct and life-changing phase, but soon our children need us less and less; we adjust to the empty nest phase which brings more hormone fluctuations and is a rebirth and a dying as we ask “What now?”
Fifty-something Sue Monk Kidd and her twenty-something daughter Ann Kidd Taylor explore these stages of a woman’s life in Traveling with Pomegranates.
The book begins ten years ago when Sue plans a trip to Greece — a gift to herself in honor of her fiftieth birthday, and a college graduation gift for her daughter Ann. I thought this book would be a lot more of a travel memoir than it is. There is a strong sense of place, but it’s more in the effect that each place has on each of the women.
So much ground is covered in this memoir, which is written honestly, poetically and inconclusively. It’s not one of those books where someone shares the answer she has found. This is a book about the journey. If any of these topics interest you, you might wish to go along on the journey with them:
- Mother-Daughter relationships
- Life’s purpose
- Spirituality and feminism
- A call to write
- The birth of a novel (Sue Monk Taylor’s The Secret Life of Bees)
We have two copies to give away — to anyone! U.S. and International residents welcome! Please leave a comment to enter. We’ll post the winners in next Monday’s book column.
The winner of last week’s book giveaway of Pink Brain, Blue Brain is #21 Heidi (@aol).