Bestselling author Sue Monk Kidd has new book out and this time it’s a memoir written with her daughter. 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.
Here’s a snippet from the book:
Sitting on a bench in the National Archaeological Museum in Greece, I watch my twenty-two-year-old daughter, Ann, angle her camera before a marble bas- relief of Demeter and Persephone unaware of the small ballet she’s performing— her slow, precise steps forward, the tilt of her head, the way she dips to one knee as she turns her torso, leaning into the sharp afternoon light. The scene reminds me of something, a memory maybe, but I can’t recall what. I only know she looks beautiful and impossibly grown, and for reasons not clear to me I’m possessed by an acute feeling of loss. You can read more here.
Doesn’t it sound good? Well, I’ve got two copies of Traveling With Pomegranates to give away! So, because I love to travel and this book also has travel as a backdrop, if you want to enter to win a copy all you have to do is tell me where in the world would you like to go to right now if time/money was not a problem.
The winners will be announced next Friday, Oct. 2.
Hope everyone has a great weekend. I’m hoping to catch up on reviews and lots of blog reading. I’m so behind!