A mother, a daughter, and a life-changing adventure around the world....
Their best-selling memoir, Come Back, moved and inspired with the story of Mia Fontaine's harrowing drug addiction and her mother, Claire's, desperate and ultimately successful attempts to save her. Now it's a decade later and Claire and Mia each face a defining moment in her life, and a mother-daughter relationship that has frayed around the edges.
At 51, Claire's shed her identity as Mia's savior but realizes that, oops, she forgot to plan for life after motherhood; Mia, 25 and eager to step outside her role as recovery's poster child, finds adult life isn't all it's cracked up to be. Determined to transform themselves and their relationship once again, the pair sets off on a five-month around-the-world adventure.
What awaits them is an extraordinary, often hilarious journey through 20 cities and 12 countries - one that includes mishaps, mayhem, and unexpected joys, from a passport-eating elephant to a calamitous camel ride around the Pyramids - and finally making peace with their tumultuous past in the lavender fields of France, where they live for the last four months of the trip. Seeing how self-possessed and community-minded twentysomethings are in other countries broadens Mia's perspective, helping her grow, and grow up. Claire uses the trip to examine her broken relationship with her own mother, a Holocaust survivor, and to create a vision for her second act. Watching her mom assess half a century of life, Mia comes to know her as Claire has always known Mia - as all mothers know their daughters - better than anyone else, and often better than themselves.
Wiser for what they've learned from women in other cultures, and from each other, they return with a deepened sense of who they are and where they want to go - and with each embracing the mature friendship they've discovered and the profound love they share.
Alternating between Claire and Mia's compelling and distinct voices, Have Mother, Will Travel is a testament to the power and beauty of the mother-daughter relationship, one that illuminates possibilities for our own lives.
©2012 Claire Fontaine and Mia Fontaine (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
I identified with both the mother and the daughter, as I am a fairly new mom of a daughter. sometimes I laughed, thinking 'I'm like that' and sometimes I sat with this deep realisation that I should treasure and invest in my relationship with my mom, while she is alive.
When both mother and daughter muster the courage to share vulnerabilities with each other.
I have gotten so much from the first time, not sure I will need to.
It describes life after motherhood so well, also validates so much!
Related all to well to Claire, but enjoyed Mia's take on her mom and life.
It is laugh out loud funny. The book made me want more from my relationship with my adult daughter. No more "walking on eggshells"
Encouraging my daughter to read/listen to this book. I love when the author/authors narrate the book. So much more is shared and felt.
I enjoyed the travel elements mixed with the background to their relationship. A good listen.
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