Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey, and France (Paperback)
September 2009 Indie Next List
“This account from Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter, Ann, of their travels together in Greece and France has something for almost everyone: travel, mother/daughter relationships, growing older, and writing. And for those who just love her prose, this is Sue at her best.”
— Judy Dimock, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ
The New York Times bestselling memoir of pilgrimage and self-discovery by Sue Monk Kidd, the author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Book of Longings, and her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor
Sue Monk Kidd has touched the hearts of millions of readers with her beloved novels and acclaimed nonfiction. Now, in this wise and engrossing dual memoir, she and her daughter, Ann, chronicle their travels together through Greece and France at a time when each was on a quest to redefine herself and rediscover each other.
As Sue struggles to enlarge a vision of swarming bees into a novel, and Ann ponders the classic question of what to do with her life, this modern-day Demeter and Persephone explore an array of inspiring figures and sacred sites. They also give voice to that most protean of human connections: the bond of mothers and daughters.
An absorbing book about spiritual growth and finding one's destiny, Traveling with Pomegranates is both a revealing self-portrait by a beloved author and her daughter, and a momentous story that will resonate with women everywhere.
About the Author
SUE MONK KIDD is the author of the novels, The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair, and the memoirs, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, When the Heart Waits, and Firstlight, a collection of 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. The Mermaid Chair, a #1 New York Times bestseller, was adapted into a television movie. Each of her novels has been translated into more than 24 languages. The recipient of numerous literary awards, Sue lives in South Carolina with her husband.
Ann Kidd Taylor is a graduate of Columbia College in South Carolina. She has published articles and essays in Skirt! magazine in Charleston, SC, where she worked for two years after college as an editorial assistant. She left to pursue a career in writing, working on a book about her travels, which evolved into Traveling with Pomegranates, a memoir she co-authored with her mother Sue Monk Kidd. It is her first book. Ann lives near Charleston with her husband and son.
Praise for Traveling with Pomegranates:
“Thoughtful, honest, and uplifting.” —The Los Angeles Times
“Any mother or daughter would enjoy or relate to the touching struggle of developing a close relationship as adult women.” —The Associated Press
“Read this one as a memoir, a travelogue and as a self-renewal book” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel