The Possibility of Everything
Publisher: Ballantine Books
(August 31, 2010)
A charming memoir full of self-deprecating honesty that defies easy categorization. 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.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
From the bestselling author of Motherless Daughters,the real-life story of one woman’s search for a cure to her family’s escalating troubles, and the leap of faith that changed everything for her.
In the autumn of 2000, Hope Edelman was a woman adrift, questioning her place in her marriage, her profession, and 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 Maya and Dodo’s apparent hold on her, Edelman and her husband made the unlikely choice to bring her to Mayan healers in Belize, hoping that a shaman might help them banish Dodo-and, as they came to understand, all he represented-from their lives.
Examining how an otherwise mainstream mother and wife finds herself making this 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. A deeply affecting and beautifully written memoir of a family’s emotional journey, it 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.
“Edelman returns with a charming memoir full of self-deprecating honesty that defies easy categorization. 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.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“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, The Deep End of the Ocean
“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, The Kiss
“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, Still Waters and Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found