by Linda Franklin – The Real Cougar Woman
Prince Siddhartha, raised behind palace walls and showered with every extravagance, abandoned his protected life to embark on a spiritual journey. He ultimately reached enlightenment, and became known as Buddha-which means one who is awake.
Fast forward 2,500 years from the time of Buddah and meet Syd Arthur. Syd is a middle-aged woman living in the cloistered world of suburbia. She, like so many of us, is struggling with the myriad of issues women face today – everything from from diet fads, to the search for the meaning of life. Ellen Franklel, the author of Syd Arthur, takes us along on Syd's journey to find fulfillment within herself.
I loved this book, I loved the way Ellen beautifully details Syd's emotional struggle to find meaning and purpose. I found myself laughing as she visits the ashram in the Catskill Mountains, and crying as she loses a very dear friend and mentor. I felt like I was there with Syd as she lunches with the girls and when she spends a week in a silent buddhist retreat.