A mother, a daughter, and a life-changing adventure around the
world . . .
Their bestselling memoir, Come Back, moved and inspired readers
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 fifty-one, Claire's shed her
identity as Mia's savior but realizes that, oops, she forgot to
plan for life after motherhood; Mia, twenty-five 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
What awaits them is an extraordinary, often hilarious journey
through twenty cities and twelve 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.
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