Publisher: Wild Weeds Press
A new book by Belgian-born Australian writer Tineke van der Eecken, Traverse is a mix of travel narrative and personal memoir. Married to geologist husband Dirk, Tineke has relocated their family to many new locations. With Dirk away for months at a time, she juggles the demands of family life. On a visit home from a survey trip to Madagascar, Tineke feels Dirk has become distant. Uncovering the reason for this, and in an attempt to save her twelve-year marriage, Tineke decides to accompany Dirk on his most demanding trek to date. During the 350-kilometre expedition, Tineke wins the confidence of the team, and along the way she captures a written and photographic record of the physical terrain. Many times during the trip Tineke pushes to the limits of her levels of endurance, but at the same time she discovers her personal strengths and, ultimately, a path forward for herself and her family.