By Claire Fontaine, Mia Fontaine
A mom, a daughter, and a life-changing experience worldwide . .
Their bestselling memoir, Come Back, moved and encouraged readers with the tale of Mia Fontaine's harrowing drug habit and her mom, Claire's, determined and eventually winning makes an attempt to save lots of her. Now it's a decade later and Claire and Mia each one face a defining second in her existence, and a mother-daughter dating that has frayed round the edges. At fifty-one, Claire's shed her identification as Mia's savior yet realizes that, oops, she forgot to plot for all times after motherhood; Mia, twenty-five and desirous to step outdoor her position as recovery's poster baby, unearths grownup existence isn't all it's cracked as much as be. made up our minds to remodel themselves and their courting once more, the pair units off on a five-month around-the-world experience.
What awaits them is a rare, frequently hilarious trip via twenty towns and twelve countries--one that incorporates mishaps, mayhem, and unforeseen joys, from a passport-eating elephant to a calamitous camel trip round the Pyramids--and eventually making peace with their tumultuous earlier within the lavender fields of France, the place they reside for the final 4 months of the journey. Seeing how self-possessed and community-minded twentysomethings are in different international locations broadens Mia's point of view, aiding her develop, and develop up. Claire makes use of the journey to envision her damaged courting together with her personal mom, a Holocaust survivor, and to create a imaginative and prescient for her moment act. observing her mother check part a century of lifestyles, Mia involves recognize her as Claire has regularly identified Mia--as all moms comprehend their daughters--better than an individual else, and infrequently greater than themselves
Wiser for what they've realized from girls in different cultures, and from one another, they go back with a deepened experience of who they're and the place they need to go--and with each one embracing the mature friendship they've found and the profound love they percentage.
Alternating among Claire and Mia's compelling and special voices, Have mom, Will Travel is a testomony to the ability and wonder of the mother-daughter courting, one who illuminates percentages for our personal lives
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Qxd 11/7/03 3:39 PM Page 32 32 FIROOZEH DUMAS Having exhausted our geographical clues, we would say, “You’ve heard of India, Japan, or China? ” We had always known that ours is a small country and that America is very big. But even as a seven-year-old, I was surprised that so many Americans had never noticed us on the map. Perhaps it’s like driving a Yugo and realizing that the eighteenwheeler can’t see you. In Iran, geography is a requirement in every grade. Since the government issues textbooks, every student studies the same material in the same grade.
The most exciting part of the trip was the many tunnels, which enabled us to pass through the Elburz Mountains to reach the Caspian. We knew we were almost there by the change in the climate: the closer we came, the fresher and crisper the air.
My father, whose cultlike devotion to Farshid rules out the possibility of questioning any of Farshid’s decisions, was very impressed that the camp cost $500 for two weeks. Anything that expensive has to be good, he repeatedly said. qxd 11/7/03 3:39 PM Page 44 44 FIROOZEH DUMAS ther. ” After signing up for Pine Lodge Mountain Summer Camp, I received a list of supplies I would need, none of which we owned. The following Saturday, my father and I set out for Montgomery Ward. My father, whose aversion to shopping is well known, believes anything that costs more than it did back in Ahwaz in 1946 is overpriced.
Have Mother, Will Travel: A Mother and Daughter Discover Themselves, Each Other, and the World by Claire Fontaine, Mia Fontaine