Christine Fenno
September 18, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Possibility of Everything

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Hope Edelman
publisher
Ballantine
genre
Nonfiction, Occult and Paranormal

We gave it a B+

When this California mom (and author of the 1994 best-seller Motherless Daughters) finds her 3-year-old suddenly in the grip of a very hostile imaginary friend, she’s consumed by fear: Is ”Dodo” a spiritual intruder of some kind? A symptom of schizophrenia? A stirring account of Hope Edelman’s subsequent trip to Belize (where she and her husband hope local shamans can heal their daughter), The Possibility of Everything is a well-crafted tale of skepticism versus spirituality, occasionally weighed down by overdescriptive tangents about ancient Mayans. Edelman’s writing soars highest when depicting her family’s eye-opening encounters in the humid tropical jungle with?just possibly?the supernatural. B+

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