In the tradition of TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, a moving and insightful true story of how an extraordinary friendship inspired two people to embrace life...
With her bestseller memoirs A YEAR BY THE SEA and AN UNFINISHED MARRIAGE Joan Anderson struck a universal chord with women seeking the courage to change their lives. In A WALK ON THE BEACH she shares the joys of a unique friendship that helped her begin an important new chapter in her life.
Facing a crossroads in her marriage and her life, Anderson escaped to spend a year by herself in Cape Cod, where a chance encounter on the beach with an amazingly energetic and wise older woman changed her life. Joan Erikson became not only a good friend and confidante when she needed one most, but a mentor and guide to navigating the transitions in the second half of her life.
Renowned for her collaboration with her husband Erik, a pioneering psychoanalyst, Erikson wrote several books extending their theory of the stages of life to reflect her understanding of ageing as she neared ninety- five. Her delight in making the most of every day helped Anderson learn to accept the changes in her own life. And when Erikson had to face her husband's death and the growing limitations of her own body, her friend was able to give back some of the wisdom she had gleaned.
Many of us may never have the opportunity to be guided so surely and lovingly. A WALK ON THE BEACH allows us to not only share a remarkable friendship but reminds us to savour and treasure our own.
Joan Anderson continues an extraordinary story, with a unique friendship that helps her face a new chapter in her life. A walk on the beach will remind you of how important our friendships are.