The day of our author evening with Hope Edelman, her book, The Possibility of Everything, received a glowing review in USA Today (amid a round-up of books that the journalist basically trashed).
Our living room is sort of strange and we arranged the chairs in two horseshoes. The house was packed with a lively audience of Ashlanders.
Ashland, as Hope Edelman mentioned in her 4:00 p.m. bookstore reading (which was also well attended), is a great place to talk about a book about spirituality.
Ours is a pretty crunchy town where people often change their names to things like serenity (in Sanskrit) and Apple Blossom.
But Hope’s new book, The Possibility of Everything, is anything but flakey. The writing is exquisite and moving and honest and beautiful. The story is incredible—a saga about Hope’s then 3-year-old daughter’s imaginary friend who becomes an overwhelming presence in the family, who doesn’t want her to get well when she is sick, and who overstays his welcome.
Despite being a “card carrying member of the church of the senses,” Hope decides to follow her husband’s lead and bring Maya to a bush doctor in Belize.
It’s an unusual thing for a skeptic to agree to but it ends up saving her marriage and being one of the most transformative experiences of Hope’s life.
When she considers what she believes and doesn’t believe she comes to a realization: She believes in the possibility of everything.
We had a great spread of wine and cheese and goodies and lots of people stayed afterwards to talk to Hope Edelman, have her sign books, and have another glass of wine.
And this on a school night.
So, Hope’s a bestselling author, an incredible writer (these don’t always go hand in hand), an articulate speaker, and strikingly beautiful.
Plus, when I came home from biking my daughters to school Friday morning, she was playing Chutes and Ladders with my 5-year-old son (who was off for Columbus Day.)
We were so lucky to have Hope Edelman visit Ashland. I hope she’ll write another book soon.
The Possibility of Everything, she told the audience, took about six years to complete. We can’t wait to invite her back!
Published: October 12, 2009
Last update: February 2, 2020