Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd
A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey, and France

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An introspective and beautiful dual memoir by the #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and her daughter

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.
 

About Sue Monk Kidd

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SUE MONK KIDD is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels, The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair, and the memoirs Traveling with Pomegranates, which she wrote with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, When the Heart Waits, as well as Firstlight, a collection of her early writings. The Secret Life of Bees has spent more than 125 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was adapted into an award-winning movie starring Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys. The Mermaid Chair, a #1 New York Times bestseller, was adapted into a television movie. Both of her novels have been translated into more than 24 languages. The recipient of numerous literary awards, Sue lives with her husband on an island off the coast of Florida.
 
Published January 1, 2009 by Penguin Books. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Parenting & Relationships, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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During a subsequent trip to Greece to commemorate Sue’s 50th birthday and Ann’s college graduation, Ann felt depressed about her future just as Sue was hoping to find spiritual clues to the next phase of her life.

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Mother and daughter reconnect in this warm travelogue of a journey through Greece, Turkey and France. Both women are at crucial junctures in their lives (and both rely heavily on a tired Demeter-Pe

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In a probing literary collaboration that moves from Greece to their home in Charleston, S.C., novelist Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees ) and her daughter, Taylor, e

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The Globe and Mail

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A mother and a daughter moan and meander, while a daughter bravely confronts her mother's genes

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Christian Science Monitor

There’s something about “Traveling with Pomegranates” that feels as if Monk Kidd and Kidd Taylor don’t trust their readers to draw the right conclusions, so they spell everything out in painstakingly large letters to make sure everyone’s on the same page (so to speak).

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USA Today

The author of The Secret Life of Bees and her daughter recount how they rekindled a relationship that had grown distant.

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USA Today

Traveling With Pomegranates is written in alternating chapters by Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees, and...

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In this book cover image released by Viking, “Traveling With Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story,” by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor, is shown.

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