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The Possibility of Everything: A Memoir Paperback – August 31, 2010
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Starred Review. Edelman (Motherless Daughters) returns with a charming memoir full of self-deprecating honesty that defies easy categorization. Edelman is forced to seek a solution to the sudden appearance of her three-year-old daughter Maya's violent imaginary friend, Dodo. Edelman, who believes in the possibility of everything, but can't place her trust in anything without visible proof, clashes with her alternatively minded husband and the New Age modes of thinking in her new Los Angeles suburb when seeking an answer. She grieves that her own mother, who died when she was 16, is not there to advise her on matters of parenting. But when Maya's behavior becomes severe, Edelman surprisingly agrees to let her daughter see a shaman in Belize. The journey, which is full of remarkable events, cracks open the foundation of her skepticism just shy of a transformation. The largest stretch of the narrative—the Belize journey— is gripping and vividly detailed, and Edelman occasionally detours into Mayan culture and history. The book is equal parts a meditation on the trials of motherhood and marriage, a travelogue and an exploration of faith, which she braids together into a highly readable, insight-laden narrative. (Oct.)
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“Edelman writes eloquently about her struggle… With vivid descriptions of Belize and its Mayan history, The Possibility of Everything is an intimate account of the struggles of parenting, partnering and faith.”—People
“Part mystery, part travelogue, part memoir, the book explores the gaps between science and faith, children and parents, and what we believe and what we wish for.”—Redbook
“The Possibility of Everything returns to [Edelman’s] theme of mothers and daughters, place and purpose, and chronicles a profound spiritual awakening.”—Malibu Times
“The true beauty of this book—and there is so much that is beautiful… is that Edelman relentlessly dissects her own perspectives and feelings with an uncommon courage…”—Oregonian
“The Possibility of Everything is a well-crafted tale of skepticism versus spirituality… Edelman's writing soars highest when depicting her family's eye-opening encounters in the humid tropical jungle with—just possibly—the supernatural.”—Entertainment Weekly
“The book… stands as a rich example of memoir writing, much as her previous book Motherless Daughters did.” —Albuquerque Journal
“Hope Edelman possesses a voice that embeds itself in your mind.”—
"On a family trip to Belize, Hope Edelman confronts the very heart of darkness only to be ambushed by the healing hope of things unseen. Edelman writes like a dream and like a dreamer, with a novelist's rhythm and a journalist's unsparing eye. The Possibility of Everything kept me gasping and turning pages, awed by Edelman's unwillingness to compromise the truth. This book makes everything seem possible—except putting it down." —Jacquelyn Mitchard, author, The Deep End of the Ocean (#1 NYT bestseller and Oprah Book Club pick)
"From its gripping opening to its moving conclusion, The Possibility of Everything takes you on a spirited journey that gracefully interweaves details of early motherhood with reflections on faith and transformation, all set against the beauty and wonder of a foreign place. A thoughtful and compelling read by the accomplished Hope Edelman."—Cathi Hanauer, author of Sweet Ruin and editor of The Bitch in the House
"To write memoir well, one must surrender fear and reveal all dimensions of the inner truth—from gorgeous to heinous and what lies in between. In search of faith she can wrap her arms around, Edelman set down fear and has revealed all of herself with beauty and candor, innocence and intelligence, wisdom and clarity. In this fascinating and honest account of a one woman's quest for wholeness and healing for her daughter, herself and her family, Edelman gives us hope."—Jennifer Lauck, author of Still Waters and Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found
"Ask any mother: there isn't any role that so consistently demands of us what we know we don't have. Enough patience, enough wisdom, enough energy and grace. The ability to discern between what we can fix and what we can't. Hope Edelman takes her readers on the kind of journey every mother will make—into hope over reason, faith without understanding. Motherless Daughters gave us what no other book did, honesty and solace and companionship from someone who'd been there, too. Readers will say the same of The Possibility of Everything." — Kathryn Harrison, author of The Kiss
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Liked the detailed description of the park in Guatemala as well as the historical events.
Wished author'd been more detailed bout daughter's friend, "Bad Dodo" & the healers.
I have given this book to people to read who are part of the dominant culture, and who do not understand what traditional spiritual healing is. After reading the book, they have a better understanding of how God's love comes onto the planet in many ways, and it is beautiful.
I have suggested this book to people who have children who are displaying the classic signs of spiritual sickness, and who could benefit from understanding that medication and psychotherapy may not be able to address what working with faith, prayer, and spirit can.
I have found that this book bridges our western culture with a more universal concept of what is healing and what is spirit, which is a concept that most non-westernized cultures have known to be true for centuries.
Worth every penny and moment reading to help expand your current reality into the possibilities of miracles. And I can see why people either love or hate this book...as it really does put a card on the table to make people have to have a response to this concept of spirit and healing! The author was brave to do this and deserves kudos.
First off, the author is a great writer. Having mothered a child who was always rambunctious, I loved the way she described interaction with her three-year-old. I thought she did a marvelous job of weaving the plot with the travelog about the journey to Belize and Mayan ruins. She sure made me what to go visit! And, then there's the main theme: the author convinced me, in this memoir, of how she had changed during the trip and became more open to possibilities a traditional upbringing does not allow and cannot account for. Perhaps the reader has to already believe in healers to fully appreciate this book? I don't know. But, even if you have doubts about alternative medicine, read this book to get a glimpse of another world, and for the writing. It is excellent.
I am not one to believe in the unproven, so when I heard the word Shaman I was wary, but the story is about being open to new ideas and new worlds. It's about having faith in your spouse and your child and your decisions as a human being.
Hope writes with honesty. I felt her fears, her frustrations and her amazement as I turned the pages. I related to her as a mother, a wife and a woman. While I'm not convinced I would ever visit a Shaman, I understand why Hope did and how she came to believe in things that were totally foreign to her. I loved her journey into believing in the possibility of everything.
I feel readers will love this story on many levels. The travel, the family relationship, the exploration of new things and the insight into a marriage of two opposites who are able to come together, miles away from their home and their comfort zones.
I came away from this read not only as an enjoyable book, but with hope and belief that an open mind is imperative to have on this wonderful journey we call life. This book is uplifting and entertaining, a joy to read.