Mabon and Pomegranate

Mabon and Pomegranate - Kimberly Richardson This is a book of 2 short stories. In Mabon we are introduced to Monica, corporate worker who dreams of more. In ever increasing despair she throws it all away – her job, the pay packet, even her mother’s approval, to find something more. And that more is the town of Mabon, a place where she can embrace her creativity without being stifled, a place where she can experience her own dreams among eccentric people who love and embrace their own path.But Mabon is far more than it seems, it’s not just a place for people to dream, but a place where those dreams, all the beings of history and myth, are very much alive and vibrant – leading Monica far deeper than she imagined.In Pomegranate, Alexandra has cast aside her mundane life to pursue her ambitions and now has a wonderful life as a book store owner, married to a wonderful husband and with great friends. She has the perfect life. Until it all starts to fall apart and loss compounds loss while she struggles onwards in the face of grief and betrayal, all the while lead on by Duke, a strangely compelling and mysterious stranger who she can’t help but be drawn to.I quite like how both of these stories take a protagonist who is, in many ways, the same person, or a very similar person – and then uses them in quite different stories. Both Monica and Alexandra are women who fought free of the expectations pushing at them. They are artistic, creative women who not only crave expression and creativity, but utterly need it for them to be themselves as people. Without it they are hollow and have no true happiness. Both of them turn down lives that they “should” want, lives of corporate success, lives of high income, lives using their extensive education. Both of them face down their family trying to force them down the path, standing up to angry parents who demand they be the child they envisage they assert their own individuality and autonomy over their own lives. Both embrace what is supposed to be a societally “lesser” role of working in a book shop which, instead, brings them real joy and happiness.It’s a nice foundation of pursuing what you truly want and need as opposed to what you are told you should want and need.Read More