Traveling with Pomegranates
A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey, and France
An introspective and beautiful dual memoir by the #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and her daughter. Look out for Ann Kidd Taylor's new novel, The Shark Club, which will be published in June 2017.
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.
I really wanted to give it 41/2.
As a daughter and a mother I found myself drawn in and relating so much from these varying perspectives. This book inspires me to put pen to paper and explore more deeply my life and my many roles in this life time. I appreciate so much their honesty and vulnerability and their strength as women and their deeply loving and respectful relationship. Thank you for this lovely tale and meaty swatch of life.
Demeter and Persephone
Although I don't have a daughter of my own, and my mother and I don't have the kind of relationship that Ann and Sue have, I am, these days, meeting "The Old Woman" in myself. And I'm in the process of re-gathering the "necessary fire" to begin a new phase of my work. This book helped me to process the Persephone and Demeter myth in myself. I learned a deep appreciation for the place of feminine power and deep listening. This book is indeed a journey. I recommend reading it aloud, slowly, and with feeling. I recommend abiding with it.
Traveling with Pomegranates took me inside myself, the way a good book should. The way The Red Tent did, and a few other female-centric novels have.
I especially appreciated reading it in iBooks, so I could look up images of the Mary's and the places they travelled. I was alo able to look up referenced poems, and this made reading it even more enriching.