ABOUT THE BOOK: TRAVELS WITH MY GRIEF
This ultimately uplifting memoir is the extraordinary recollection of a middle-aged woman, who following the tragic loss of her husband, decides to start a completely new life.
Giving up her successful career in the UK, Susan moves to live and work in India where she challenges her grief, beliefs, and courage as she faces the uncertainties and anxieties of a new life in a new country.
More than the carnival of color, curiosities and customs that the author opens herself to, it is the trust in new friendships, the shared experience of violent trauma, the leaps of faith, and, finally, the literal and metaphorical walk-through fire that draws us in and allows us to see how our own fears, injuries, and isolation might be remedied.
About Susan Bloch
Susan Bloch is a published writer of fiction and non-fiction essays, as well as a leading executive coach. She is also the author of books on leadership and board effectiveness, published in 7 languages.
A lifelong traveler, Susan lived in South Africa, New York, Tel Aviv, London, and Mumbai before alighting in Seattle.
Praise for Travels with My Grief
"As we travel with Bloch on her journey through the land of grief after the death of her beloved husband, I was moved by her honesty and compassion – both for herself and for the others she meets as she slowly progresses towards a sort of healing."
- Nancy Pearl, librarian, and author of George & Lizzie and the Book Lust series
"Emotionally raw, endearingly wry, and sweetly seductive, Travels with My Grief is a journey through the mental, physical, and spiritual terra incognita brought on by loss. Witnessing Bloch pass from the dark, monochromatic landscape of her fractured self into the gloriously sensual environment she launches herself into is like watching Dorothy touch down in Oz or Alice step through the looking glass: disorienting, exhilarating, delightful, and dangerous in equal measure."
- Kim Barnes, Pulitzer finalist and author of In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country
"A scrumptious mix of magenta and indigo, curry and cardamom, pungent marigolds and jangling bangles entices us into this vividly remembered sojourn in India, where author Susan Bloch learned to lay aside her grief and embrace life with fervour and firewalking. A savoury, sensual, sparkling memoir you won’t forget."
- Dori Jones Yang, author of When the Red Gates Opened: A Memoir of China’s Reawakening