Walking to Mercury

Front Cover
Random House Publishing Group, Nov 23, 2011 - Fiction - 496 pages
20 Reviews
In The Fifth Sacred Thing, readers fell in love with Maya Greenwood, the 98-year-old writer who led Northern California's successful 21st century rebellion against a racist, totalitarian regime of the South. Walking to Mercury takes readers back to the 20th century and powerfully dramatizes the forces that shaped this extraordinary woman.The book opens and closes with the middle-aged Maya struggling with a profound personal and spiritual crisis. The culminating factor has been her mother's death, and now Maya embarks on a trek in the Himalayas, intending to sprinkle her mother's ashes at the base of Mt. Everest and finally lay to rest her tumultuous past. At rest stops in tiny Tibetan villages, she reads diary pages her lover Johanna has tucked into her bag—the diary Johanna kept throughout their shared youth during the Vietnam era.In vivid flashbacks to those radical days, we accompany the young Maya as she awakens to the summer of love, joins the anti-war movement, and enters into a relationship with the abusive, alcoholic Rio. She finally gathers the strength to break free and seek her own true path, which takes her from the streets of Manhattan to the mountains of Mexico. Eventually she emerges, stronger and wiser, infused with the wisdom of the earth and the spirit of the goddess. Traveling through the landscape of memories helps Maya reclaim her past and foreshadows the miraculous events readers of The Fifth Sacred Thing know her to be capable of in the future.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
9
4 stars
6
3 stars
2
2 stars
2
1 star
1

Review: Walking to Mercury (Maya Greenwood #2)

User Review  - Samantha - Goodreads

This was a beautiful view into the woman and her loves we know and love from "The Fifth Sacred Thing." Such a beautiful journey. So worth reading and seeing how Maya became the woman we know and love ... Read full review

Review: Walking to Mercury (Maya Greenwood #2)

User Review  - Laura Callanan - Goodreads

I was worried about reading this prequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing because I found that book so wonderful. And although it's true it isn't quite as good as that first novel, this one is still terrific ... Read full review

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information