Review by KT Sullivan
Che Milan’s longtime boyfriend dumps her in a letter shortly after her mother, Diana, dies. To fulfill a promise to her, Che embarks on a pilgrimage from London to Canterbury Cathedral like the characters in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. She joins a tour group of American women, Broads Abroad, walking the sixty miles. The shrine is thought to be the site of miracles fulfilled and the women decide to tell stories on their journey. Some are true, others false. Some are famous stories, others too painfully personal. Love, loss, regret, and funny, everyone listens and shares. One’s story asks a question: “What does a woman desire?” It’s a loaded question and not easily answered. The storyteller says sovereignty: the ability to chart one’s own course and lead the life she wants. All agree the power to choose one’s own path is essential. Many wish they had chosen a different road, but life goes on.
The stories are interesting and very relatable to any woman. The saddest was Steffi’s story regarding weight and the merciless scale with its needle that never moves, no matter how much she sacrifices. Becca is a teenager on the trip with her mom. She says, “virgins are unchosen.” At her age, boyfriends are the sign of achievement. First kisses are the stories her peers swap. The age range between the women on the journey spans sixty years. Many life experiences shared and discussed. Excellent read.
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About the Author:
Kim Wright is the author of Love in Mid Air and The Unexpected Waltz and has been writing about travel, food, and wine for more than twenty years for many magazines, including Wine Spectator, Self, Travel & Leisure, and Vogue. She has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing. The Canterbury Sisters is her third novel, and she also ballroom dances competitively. Kim lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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