I recently finished reading Traveling With Pomegranates, a dual memoir written by mother and daughter, Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor.
In this memoir, Sue and her daughter, Ann talk about travelling between 1998 and 2000 throughout Greece and France. Sue, as a fifty-something, was coming to grips with aging, creativity and wanting to reconnect with her daughter. Ann, as a twenty-something, just finished college, suffering with depression, heartbroken and wondering what to do with her life. Both on a quest to redefine herself and to rediscover each other.
To be honest, it took me a while to read this book. It took me a little while to get into it but once I did, I was absorbed in the relationship between Sue and Ann. As a mother, I understood how Sue felt when she realised she didn’t know her daughter and wanted to regain the relationship that they used to have. And in finding herself, it allowed her to rediscover her daughter.
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.