It sam and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor She s in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they re trying for a baby and she doesn t want any of it A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing pleasure, devotion and balance So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown eyed identical twins and gains twenty five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace simply sit still and smile And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her