Driving By Moonlight: A Journey Through Love, War and Infertility

Driving By Moonlight: A Journey Through Love, War and Infertility

by Kristin Henderson
     
 

After 9/11, Kristin Henderson’s husband, a Lutheran Marine chaplain, is shipped out to Afghanistan, and Henderson, a Quaker, finds herself alone, and her own faith and belief in pacifism sorely tested. Together with her German shepherd, Rosie, Henderson sets off on a cross-country journey in her 1978 Corvette, exploring a changed country and her own altered…  See more details below

Overview

After 9/11, Kristin Henderson’s husband, a Lutheran Marine chaplain, is shipped out to Afghanistan, and Henderson, a Quaker, finds herself alone, and her own faith and belief in pacifism sorely tested. Together with her German shepherd, Rosie, Henderson sets off on a cross-country journey in her 1978 Corvette, exploring a changed country and her own altered emotional landscape. From the whispering Iowan corn fields and the simple fortitude of her Quaker kin, to the desolation of a snow-swept lodge in the Rocky Mountains and the quiet gifts of strangers, Henderson seeks guidance and searches for answers on the road. She muses on her life as a military wife, on the unexpected divergence in faith that tested her marriage, and details, with honesty and fierce bravery, the devastating battle with infertility that nearly tore it apart. In this intelligent meditation on how life—like topographical boundaries—resists strict borders, and on the freedom that comes with letting go, Kristin Henderson gives us an ultimately hopeful and affirming memoir.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The events of September 11, 2001, caused many Americans to re-examine their core beliefs. Henderson, a Quaker married to a Marine chaplain (and former Lutheran minister), was already juggling a multitude of contradictory beliefs before the terrorist attacks. This chronicle of a cross-country road trip with her German shepherd, Rosie, in a '78 Corvette, as her husband is shipped off to Afghanistan with the Marines, is less a travelogue than an intimate musing on her inner struggles, a time-out to come to terms with shifting religious beliefs, a complicated marriage and, primarily, her long, painful and unsuccessful attempt to have a baby. As she is a sophisticated and humorous writer, Henderson's initial naivet about politics, religion and life in general is surprising. But this ingenuousness is redeemed by her frank acknowledgment that she hasn't a clue, and by her search for meaning. She whimsically compares her variety of religious experiences to cars (Quakerism is a Pacer; atheism, an MG; born-again Christianity, a custom leisure van; Lutheranism, a Ford sedan). Unlike her Midwestern Quaker cousins, after September 11, with her husband at risk, she becomes impatient with pacifism and excited about American flags. But Henderson slowly evolves to more nuanced views, from thinking of God as an indulgent, wish-fulfilling parent to considering, "maybe all the Light cares about is whether or not I live more fully in the Light...." She eventually finds a difficult and intriguing inner peace, concluding, "The world needs both Quakers and Marines. So does my marriage. And within myself, so do I." Photos. Agent, Sam Stoloff. (Oct. 15) Forecast: Educated Americans struggling with questions about September 11 and the recent American militarism will find this intriguing, as will women with infertility problems. It may not give answers, but it will provoke questions about war, pacifism, the desire for children and the "right" to procreate. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
When her Marine chaplain husband shipped off to Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, Henderson found herself alone with conflicting thoughts about pacifism and her pain over not becoming pregnant. So she embarked on a cross-country road trip with her German shepherd, Rosie, in her '78 Corvette to ponder religion, politics, and life in general. Raised a politically liberal Quaker, she had experimented with atheism and born-again Christianity before marrying her former Lutheran minister husband. Then she caused a serious rift in the marriage when she suggested doubt about Christ's divinity. The delicate narrative recounts her various adventures on the road-for example, her being stranded in the Rockies during an early snowstorm-but focuses primarily on her emotional journey to a more mature understanding of God and her inability to have children. She even finds an appreciation for the outburst of patriotism and flag waving throughout the country. A humorous and astute writer, Henderson skillfully weaves past events, her email correspondence with her husband, and the day-to-day details of her trip into an evocative story. Recommended for large public libraries.-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580050982
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/10/2003
Pages:
309
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.84(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >