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Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd taylor


Traveling with Pomegranates is a memoir by and about, a mother and a daughter. It unfolds in alternating chapters penned by Sue Monk Kidd, the novelist best known for The Secret Life of Bees - and her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor. For Sue and Ann, pomegranates represent more than food, the authors employ this metaphorically rich fruit as a thematic touchstone for a meditation on their dual journeys through life, separately and together, employing the  well-known  myth of the  mother-daughter pair of Persephone and Demeter.  Abducted by Hades, lord of the underworld, young Persephone samples one of his pomegranates before her mother Demeter can intervene: the seeds she eats correspond to the months she must return every year to the land of the dead, which in turn are reflected in the earth's seasons.  For Sue and Ann, this story - and the  magical fruit at its heart - suggests the link between the soul's need to taste and explore darkness in order to become rejuvenated and return to a more sunlit reality. And so the book begins with loss. And a journey to Greece. As Sue counts time until her 50th birthday, she contemplates the end of youth - both hers and Ann's - as well as relinquishing fertility and crossing the border to old age and death.

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