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Short Synopsis
From grief to reckoning to reflection to solace, a marine biologist shares the solo journey she took—through war-ravaged Eastern Europe, Israel, and beyond—to find peace after her fiancé suffered a fatal attack by a box jellyfish in Thailand.

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In the summer of 2002, Shannon Leone Fowler, a twenty-eight-year-old marine biologist, was backpacking with her fiancé and love of her life, Sean. Sean was a tall, blue-eyed, warmhearted Australian, and he and Shannon planned to return to Australia after their excursion to Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand. Their plans, however, were devastatingly derailed when a box jellyfish wrapped around Sean's leg, stinging and killing him in a matter of minutes as Shannon helplessly watched.

Shattered and untethered, Shannon's life paused indefinitely so that she could travel around the world to find healing. Travel had forged her relationship with Sean, and she hoped it could also aid in processing his death. Though Sean wasn't with Shannon, he was everywhere she went—among the places she visited were Owicim, Poland (the site of Auschwitz); war-torn Israel; shelled-out Bosnia; poverty-stricken Romania; and finally to Barcelona, where she first met Sean years before.

Cheryl Strayed's Wild meets Helen Macdonald's H Is for Hawk in this beautiful, profoundly moving memorial to those we have lost on our journeys and the unexpected ways their presence echoes in all places—and voyages—big and small.

"[Fowler's] story — rich, unblinking and adroitly told — is one of strength, of getting past but not getting over." ---USA Today

"Fowler has turned her devastating, beautiful, honest, and personal story into something universal." ---Booklist Starred Review

"This is nicely written and informative journey on the path to healing." ---Publishers Weekly

"A courageous and finely crafted account soaked in tears of love and loss." ---Kirkus
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Traveling with Ghosts

A Memoir

Author Shannon Leone Fowler

Narrated by Rachel Dulude

Publication date Feb 21, 2017

Running time 10 hrs

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