On the Road to
;;;;; ;;; ;;;; diagnosed with terminal cancer; she has six months to live,
maybe less. Her two best friends—Tess
and Joline—are determined to help
her beat the disease. When Joline suggests a trip to Ecuador to work with
shamans, Tess is skeptical but agrees
for Ellie’s sake. So begins a journey of
spiritual awakening that will challenge
the women physically and emotionally.
Written by Jersey native Katherine
A. Sherbrooke, Fill the Sky—due October ;; from SixOneSeven Books—
examines our relationships with nature,
with our bodies and with others, while
addressing big-picture questions such
as the meaning of a full life.
“I see it very much as a hopeful
book,” says Sherbrooke. “In general,
we basically have at our disposal the
ability to heal ourselves.”
Sherbrooke got the idea for the book
on her travels to Peru and Ecuador,
where she participated in many of the
rituals mentioned in the novel. On one
trip, she took part in an ayahuasca cer-
emony, drinking a hallucinatory brew
made from an ancient vine.
On the other hand, Sherbrooke
says, Ellie’s illness was simply a plot
point until two of her real-life sisters
were diagnosed with cancer. Both are
now cancer free, but their experiences
helped Sherbrooke understand what
it’s like to face such a devastating
diagnosis. She says the book should inspire readers to reflect on healing and
personal growth. “I’m hoping it creates
conversation,” she says.
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