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“Funny and incisive . . . smart, stylish, and one of a kind.” Candace Bushnell
The Yoga Teacher
978-0-8021-7055-2 • $14.00 • Paperback • Aug. 2008
Dissatisfied with her job as a pharmaceutical rep and struggling with the decline of her long-term relationship, Grace, a well-heeled Londoner, uses yoga class to unwind, reflect, and momentarily transcend her earthly dilemmas. While pitching her company’s latest antidepressant to the disarming Dr. James, she is inspired by his plan to study Eastern medicine in Vietnam. Galvanized by his bravery, Grace confesses to her own dreamshe quits her job, and her disappointment of a boyfriend, to become a yoga teacher.
At the White Lotus Foundation in California, Grace learns lessons beyond the confines of the yoga studio. Her fellow studentsan education in themselves include a Californian Gothette, a taciturn Russian model, and Sam, a rare male presence in this world of flexible females. Grace returns to England, ready for her new life, but nothing could have prepared her for the motley crew of students she amassesfrom the octogenarian industrialist desperate for distraction, the supermodel married to a rock star who indulges yogic aspirations when she tires of kabbalah, to the American film star who uses yoga classes to conceal a scandalous affair. In Grace’s newfound role (aka guru, yoga maid, babysitter), she finds herself relying on her correspondence with Dr. James in Vietnam for solace and inspiration, his words hovering above her London life like a sweet promise.
With an eye for the absurdity and humor in every encounter, Alexandra Gray gently skewers our society’s preference for a quick-fix nirvana in this chronicle of one woman’s quest for love and meaning in a world numbed by materialism and psychotropic drugs.