We’re so happy for contributing writer Christie Purifoy upon the arrival of her first book, Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons. And we’re delighted to announce it as the choice for our first-ever book club, coming in March.
What home do you dream toward?
I suppose we never choose the day when our dreams will come true. Just as we do not choose the precise place our dream will carry us. This Victorian, red-brick farmhouse did not look like the home of my dreams. That first, terribly hot day, it did not feel like it, either. But my dreams began rearranging themselves almost the moment I stepped across the smooth, worn stone of Maplehurst’s threshold. — Christie Purifoy, Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons
How will you know when you’ve found it?
I should have recognized the moment for what it was. I had arrived at both the beginning and the end of a journey. I was right to believe that I had come home. I was right to imagine that my dream was being realized in this undreamed-of place. But I was wrong to think that such a meaningful arrival could ever be accomplished in a moment. — Roots and Sky
Can you embrace the work of staying put and digging in?
This is the story of my journey home. This is the story of a kingdom come. It begins with a full moon, the birth of a baby, and a September breeze that told us our years of wandering were finally at an end. — Roots and Sky
Each week we’ll start with some reflections on a section of the book and offer questions (a few of them taken right from the book). Please read along with us and to join the conversation in the comments. Watch for more details in our newsletter by subscribing to Makes You Mom.
Planned Reading Schedule
Wednesday, March 2: Thresholds. Introduction and first chapter (pages 11-22,12 pp.)
Wednesday, March 9: Testimony. Autumn (pages 23-61, 39 pp.)
Friday, March 18: Winter (pages 63-108, 46 pp.)
Wednesday, April 6: Spring (pages 109-157, 49 pp.)
Wednesday, April 17: Summer (pages 159-202, 44 pp.)
Join us? Oh—and don’t let our name turn you away. The book club is open to all readers. You don’t have to be a mom to read (or write) at Makes You Mom. Some of our stories are about having, not being, a mom.