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Via Lactea: A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino by Ellen Waterston


Ellen Waterston
Via Lactea: A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino
Atelier 6000, 2013
Purchase book: http://www.atelier6000.org
Author website: http://www.writingranch.com
The book is Waterston’s fictionalized accounting of her pilgrimage on Spain’s Camino de Santiago in April 2012. The title of Vía Lactéa is a reference to the fact that the Milky Way is always overhead when walking the Camino. The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. Waterston created the peregrina (pilgrim) as the guiding character in her story. Peregrina meets many real and imagined characters during her pilgrimage, allowing a variety of voices, poetic styles and forms.


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