Wednesday, July 14, 2010
This is the dilemma that faces Laura Fraser in her memoir, All Over the Map. She had the same dreams that I had, but she took the other path and became an award-winning journalist. She has traveled all over the world, to amazing and exciting (and sometimes dangerous) places, and written articles about her experiences. My dream job! And yet, now in her forties (like me), she wonders if she made the right choice. She’s had many romantic experiences and relationships, but still hasn’t found “the one” (if such a concept exists). Her fertility clock is grinding to a halt, although adoption could still be an option if she acts quickly. Laura loves her life, and yet she sometimes finds herself yearning for stability and love. When she visits with friends who chose a more traditional route, she wonders, “What did I miss?”
In All Over the Map, Laura Fraser writes with passion and honesty about her insecurities, doubts, and joys. She is confident and yet vulnerable. She makes good choices, but plenty of mistakes. In short, she’s human and, just like most of us, her self-examination often leads her thoughts and actions in unpredictable directions. If you’re a woman for whom “What if?” has been a constant mantra in your life, you’ll want to read All Over the Map.
Laura Fraser’s website: www.laurafraser.com
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Crown Publishing’s Read It Forward program. No compensation was provided.