25 September, 2016

Have mother, will travel: a mother and daughter discover themselves, each other, and the world by Claire and Mia Fontaine

Memoirs in general can be said to give us access into the lives of the rich and famous, where we can see a glimpse of the real person they are underneath and the colourful stories that make up their lives. In the case of this book, that is not the case. Both Claire and Mia Fontaine give us an honest and powerful account of not just the different lives they lead, but also of the strength of their relationship.

Have mother, will travel is the second book this mother-daughter duo have penned. Their best-selling 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. Have mother, will travel, picks up their story a decade later when they both find themselves facing a defining moment in their lives. Determined to transform their relationship and themselves once again, the pair set off on a five-month around-the-world adventure.

What follows is an extraordinary, often hilarious journey around the world where they ride elephants in South-East Asia, get lost in China, and end up in the south of France. Despite the hilarious adventures recounted, both mother and daughter complete their journey with a deepened sense of who they both are and a clear vision of which direction they see their lives going. Told in their unique dual voices, this remarkable memoir is a testament to the power and beauty of the mother-daughter relationship.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this inspirational book from start to finish. If I wasn’t weeping silently, I was trying to suppress my laughter. The strength of their bond shows me that there is hope for us all to strengthen our own bonds we have with our mothers. I would recommend this book to anyone, and also share it with your mothers!!

Title: Have mother, will travel: a mother and daughter discover themselves, each other, and the world
Author: Claire and Mia Fontaine

Recommended by Surani R, Waitakere Central Library, Henderson.

Surani R enjoys reading biographies, travelogues, some non-fiction, and loves fiction that makes you laugh out loud. She also finds comfort in children’s fiction with thought-provoking stories.

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