Having enjoyed both The Secret Life of Bees, and The Mermaid Chair, by Sue Monk Kidd, I was anxious to try her latest book: Traveling With Pomegranates, a mother-daughter travel memoir of sorts.
In 1998 through 2000, Sue Monk Kidd, had just turned 50 at the time, had been dealing with issues of aging and peri-memopause. She had decided that as she said goodbye to her youth, she wanted to try something new. She wanted to try to write fiction. At the same time, Sue's daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor, had just graduated from college at 22, and had found out that she had been rejected from the grad school of her choice. She was suffering from depression, and trying to figure out what to do with her life.
The mother-daughter duo spent 1998 through 2000 traveling through Greece and France, on a spiritual journey of sorts, as they tried to redefine their lives. Their travels to sacred sites provided the catalyst for some soulful introspection.
My thoughts: For me this travel memoir was somewhat blah. The audio book was written and read in alternating chapters by mother and daughter. The story was very slow paced, the voices monotone, and I just did not think the mother-daughter issues were that unusual to warrant a memoir. Many, many women go through the same feelings and issues that Sue Monk Kidd did when they transition to middle age and menopause. Granted not all decide to go on and write a novel, that becomes a bestseller, but their issues are not that different. As for Ann Kidd Taylor, her situation is not that unique either. Many college grads feel anxious (some depressed) not knowing what the future has in store for them. To me, the issues and themes just seem too ordinary to me, and, as a result made for a disappointing memoir. (Unfortunately, I can't recommend this book).