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Om Loveby George Minot
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From George Minot, author of The Blue Bowl (“Inexpressibly moving. It’s thrilling to find a writer this good.”—Amy Hempel), a new novel, moving, sensual, athletic (and aesthetic), set in the downtown New York yoga world at the turn of the millennium, a love story about a once-trendy artist who’s lost his bearings and finds his life reinvigorated by his new yoga practice—and a certain barefooted yoga teacher.
To Billy, who used to show in the hot new galleries in the East Village of the ’80s and early ’90s, his downhill progression is what he calls “the vague decline.” But life feels exquisitely transformed by his new daily yoga practice (“a little hothouse sanctuary in the big city”) clearing the way; creating insight, flexibility, clarity; breathing; sweating; variations of vulnerability, arched open emotion. Billy is also enraptured by his new yoga crush. Soon he and Amanda, a yoga teacher (her “poses are pure,” “flexible and solid,” “gliding easily in her element”), are in love and are caught up in the newness and wonder of their happiness. They are inseparable—their practice is transformative; they can’t tell where one ends and the other begins, and they are transported into a dream world of their own . . .
Until a devastating diagnosis blindsides Amanda, and she begins to recede from Billy’s life. As he feels the thousand threads between them splitting apart and is helpless to stop it, he is forced to turn inward to his art and to his yoga practice to reconcile, with grace and love, his loss, his heart, and mend the abiding wound that he comes to realize was there long before Amanda seemingly completed his soul.
Moving, inspiring, transporting, a romantic novel of yoga, inner mystery, and surrender.
"An idyllic romance choreographed in yoga poses is the basis for this sophomoric novel from Minot (The Blue Bowl). Billy Winslow, a New York City artist whose career peaked in the Ã¢Â€Â˜80s, now spends the majority of his time practicing yoga. As he tracks the downtown yoga studio RamAnanda through its incarnations in various venues, Billy falls in love with the beautiful yogi, Amanda. The chemistry between the two borders on nauseatingly perfect, until Amanda receives a devastating diagnosis and the relationship starts to fall apart. These romantic vicissitudes are played against the backdrop of turn of the millennium New York, with memories of the recent Dot-com bubble grimly countered by the sobering 9/11 attacks. Unfortunately, in Minot's hands these quintessentially American themes and experiences suffer from what Billy calls 'wordpainting,' a prose tactic wherein long strings of adjectives and nouns are linked together in order to create an impressionistic narrative that too often reads like fictionalized slam poetry. The result is something like a sermon delivered by a sex-obsessed Hare Krishna with the emotional sophistication of an adolescent boy. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From the author of the acclaimed debut novel, The Blue Bowl: a new novel—a love story as moving as it is sensual—set in the downtown New York yoga world at the turn of the millennium.
Billy, a once trendy artist who's lost his bearings, finds his life reinvigorated by his new yoga practice—and his barefooted yogi teacher. They fall in (ananda / blissful) love and she becomes his muse. But when real life forces its way into their transformative dream zone, everything Billy thinks he knows about himself, and everything he has learned, is called into question.
About the Author
GEORGE MINOT is the author of The Blue Bowl. He lives in Rome.
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