Is it reckless for a 53-old mother to quit her job and set off overseas with no agenda or timeline? Is such a journey squandering a life, or saving it?
On Tuesday, April 30th at 7pm join us for a remarkable story as Becky Livingston, author of The Suitcase & The Jar: Travels with a Daughter’s Ashes joins Lynn Hiscoe ‘in conversation’ at Creston Library.
When a brain tumour takes the life of Becky Livingston’s 23-year-old daughter Rachel, her life makes an unconventional turn. Rachel, an avid traveler, had one wish: to keep exploring the world.
So, for two years Livingston travels — untethered and alone — to Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, India, England, Ireland and North America, coast to coast. In her suitcase: Rachel’s ashes, heavy but compact. As she gradually merges her daughter’s ashes with the elements, Livingston learns how to forge a new sense of belonging in an unfamiliar world.
The Suitcase & The Jar: Travels with a Daughter’s Ashes was listed as a 49th Shelf’s, “Books of the Year 2018: Non-Fiction”. It explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: how one finds the strength to reconfigure a new life by necessity. A poignant memoir, The Suitcase and the Jar is the story of a mother’s transformative journey of surrender and belonging.
Becky Livingston grew up in England. After graduate work in the US, she moved to Vancouver, BC, and worked as an elementary school teacher for over 20 years. In 2015, she completed Vancouver Manuscript Intensive. Her work appears in Modern Loss, Hecktic Travels, on CBC, and in the anthology Always with Me. She currently lives in the West Kootenays, close to her daughter and family. The Suitcase and the Jar is her first book.
Lynn Hiscoe is a therapist, retreat leader and organizational speaker. She is the creator of emPoweredlives, working to help women recognize their worth. Lynn lives and works in Creston, BC.
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“I would recommend this for anyone who has lost someone or knows someone who has. It’s a guide to grief—to take the time you need and be brave enough to stray from convention.”
—Shannon Leone Fowler, author of Traveling with Ghosts
“This is a book not only about surviving profound loss, but about relearning how to embrace life fully.” — Nancy Horan, author of Under the Wide and Starry Sky
“The Suitcase & the Jar is not simply another book about loss. It is an invitation; an illumination into the complexities of love.” — Eve Joseph, author of in the Slender Margin