the possibility of everything by Hope Elderman
In the autumn of 2000, Hope Edelman was a woman adrift, questioning her marriage, her profession, and her place in the larger world. Feeling vulnerable and isolated, she was primed for change. Into her stagnant routine dropped Dodo, her three-year-old daughter Maya’s curiously disruptive imaginary friend. Confused and worried about how to handle Dodo’s apparent hold on their daughter, Edelman and her husband made the unlikely choice to take her to Maya healers in Belize, hoping that a shaman might help them banish Dodo—and, as they came to understand, all he represented—from their lives.
An account of how an otherwise mainstream mother and wife finds herself making an extremely unorthodox choice, The Possibility of Everything chronicles the magical week in Central America that transformed Edelman from a person whose past had led her to believe only in the visible and the “proven” to someone open to the idea of larger, unseen forces. This deeply affecting, beautifully written memoir of a family’s emotional journey explores what Edelman and her husband went looking for in the jungle and what they ultimately discovered—as parents, as spouses, and as ordinary people—about the things that possess and destroy, or that can heal us all.
In My Opinion:
Hope describes herself as a “I have to see it to believe it” type of person. She begins her memoir without having faith in anything other than the possibility of everything – but not without visual proof. My belief system is so much in contrast to Hope’s that I hungered to see her know there is more.
Getting deeper into the book, while I enjoyed Hope’s writing style I just had a hard time getting fully into the book. I tried to place myself in her shoes…. doing whatever I could for my child no matter what. I of course would…. yet the direction they go still surprises me. There are points of this book where I simply have a hard time relating to the authors thoughts.
While Hope Elderman has a way with words, parts of this book seems to drag out the details and I found myself passing over pages quickly to find the heart of the memoir. I did enjoy the details about Belize but by the time I finished the book I was still not in agreement with the actions this family took for their daughter.
I have read some wonderful reviews on this book so be sure to check out other opinions.
Most of the year I live outside of Los Angeles with my husband, two daughters, and a growing menagerie of beloved pets. You can also find me every July in Iowa City, where I teach in the summer writing festival and never miss the Johnson County Fair. I’m a New Yorker by birth, a Californian by circumstance, but a Midwesterner at heart.
Here are the rest of the tour stops – be sure to check them out!
Thursday, Dec. 3
Book reviewed & giveaway at Luxury Reading
Friday, Dec. 11
Book reviewed at A Sea of Books
Monday, Dec. 14
Interview l Chat l Book Giveaway at Pump Up Your Book!
Wednesday, Dec. 16
Book reviewed at Buuklvr81
I received my review copy of this book from Pump Up Your Book Promotion