My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Judging from other reviews I've read, Traveling With Pomegranates isn't for everyone. Don't jump into the book thinking it's a travel memoir. That isn't to say that one doesn't experience beautiful temples in Greece, or sights in France. Travel is important to the story, but it isn't at the heart of the book.
Traveling With Pomegranates is a mother-daughter read. It explores the bond between women and the bond between mother and child, especially when child becomes adult. Sue Monk Kidd provokes deep reflection and discussion. This isn't a memoir to be read in one sitting at the beach. While I flipped pages quickly, I took in every word. I absorbed Kidd's words and Taylor's.
Aside from being a memoir focused on the mother-daughter relationship, it also focuses on self-discovery. At the start of the memoir, each author is facing their own separate crisis. Ann Kidd Taylor admits to falling into depression, and the book catalogs her journey out of despair. Not only could I relate to each woman, I found myself healing through the novel. While this novel might not be for everyone, I do recommend it to writers, mother, daughters, and women alike.
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