The Book of Wanderings: A Mother-Daughter Pilgrimage


To a mom and daughter on an illuminating pilgrimage, this can be what the desolate tract stated: hold in simple terms what you wish. Burn what cannot be kept. depart the remnants as an supplying.

When Kimberly Meyer gave beginning to her first daughter, Ellie, in the course of her senior yr of school, the bohemian lifetime of exploration she had as soon as imagined for herself used to be misplaced within the obligations of unmarried motherhood. For years, either mom and daughter have been haunted through how Ellie got here into being-Kimberly via a stressed discomfort for the area past, Ellie via an apprehension of abandonment.

Longing to bond with Ellie, now a faculty scholar, and longing, too, to rediscover herself, Kimberly units off together with her daughter on a quest for that means around the globe. forsaking the rhythms of normal existence in Houston, Texas, they commit a summer time to retracing the footsteps of Felix Fabri, a medieval Dominican friar whose written account of his travels resonates with Kimberly. Their mother-daughter pilgrimage takes them to unique locations infused with secret, spirituality, and wealthy history-from Venice to the Mediterranean via Greece and partitioned Cyprus, to Israel and around the Sinai desolate tract with Bedouin publications, to the Palestinian territories and to Cairo and Alexandria in Egypt.

In spare and lovely prose, The e-book of Wanderings tells the tale of Kimberly and Ellie's trip, and of the intimate, lasting bond they forge alongside the best way. A meditation on stripping away the distractions, on simplicity, on find out how to stay, it is a bright memoir with the ability to either shipping readers to far away lands and to deliver them in nearer reference to themselves. it's going to attract an individual who has pondered the line no longer taken, who has skilled the gnawing feeling that there's whatever extra, who has confronted the void-of offspring leaving, of mortality looming, of attempting to find somewhere that feels, eventually, like domestic.

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