"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 mayvbe, 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."The Dance of the Dissident Daughter." I thoroughly enjoyed reading that book, which has this subtitle: A Woman’s Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine. When I mentioned I'm about to read Traveling with Pomegranates, she said it's on her TBR list as well. I was very impressed with The Secret Lfes of Bees.
Some of us have talked about starting an online book club to discuss Traveling with Pomegranates. Are you interested? If so, go here to sign up. Here's a synopsis:
In this intimate dual memoir, the #1 New York Times bestselling novelist 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.
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