Published: Black Swan - Random House
Genre: Women's Fiction
Source: Own book.
Annie Jordan is feeling rather blah. She has had a number of losses in her life, her children have left home and she looks at her husband and feels like they are strangers. Then he invites her to go to India with him, he has work there, but he thinks Annie will enjoy the experience.
At first she isn't very able to dip her toes into the culture around her. But then she is invited to Heavenly Hirani's School of Laughing Yoga. (I know, a mouth full - right!) Hirani isn't a believer in the painful poses of some yoga, but she is graceful, insightful and a big believer in the power of a good laugh.
Annie finds herself opening up to India and the people she is meeting. As she does so, she begins to question her life and relationships. She feels somewhat invisible to her nearest and dearest. She begins to take some assertive steps, but always remembering Ghandi's words - Be truthful, gentle and fearless.
This is a slow moving book, the strength is in Annie's exploration of India and the growth of her as a person. If you ever wanted to visit India and never got the opportunity - read this book and you'll feel you are right there. If you never wanted to visit India (me!) well you just might change your mind. Sarah-Kate Lynch has been to India herself and at the end of the book are some photos of places and
people she met there.
Quirky, gently funny and full of the sights and sounds of India.