Downward Dog, Upward Fog.
Meryl Davids Landau
Alignment Publishing Company
P.O. Box 880256
Boca Raton, FL 33488
9781936586356 $15.00, www.amazon.com
Downward Dog, Upward Fog by award inning writer Meryl Davids Landau, is a very nice little book. Landau wrote it because she wondered, "Where are the novels for women like me?" after realizing that there were numerous non fiction books on the best seller list for spiritually seeking women, but no novels reflecting their goals. She added, "There are many faith based Christian and Jewish novels, but hardly any geared to women pursuing a non religious spiritual life." Downward Dog Upward Fog, a Novel fills that gap beautifully. Although her book is the story of its thirty three year year old heroine, Lorna Crawford's, journey to spirituality, it holds the attention of readers from beginning to end, regardless of their presence or absence of a religious affiliation. As an example, while the reviewer is in no way a spiritualist, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Downward Dog Upward Fog, a Novel, and must admit, I may even have learned something.
The story begins with Lorna's struggles with life, including the horrendous relationship with her mother, who greatly favored Lorna's angelic older sister, Anna (who, fittingly enough, changed her name to Angelica when she became an interfaith minister). Although Lorna has a delightful boyfriend, great friends, and a well paying job as a special events coordinator of an ice cream coordinator, she is filled with self doubts, which do not subside until she learns to remain on the difficult path to spirituality she has undertaken.
One of Lorna's problems was that she found it difficult to get along with certain people. The theme of the book is that we are all plugged into the universal energy that animates all of life, and if we can only get through to it even in people we don't care for such as her neighbor, Ruth, her colleague, Carletta, and Brendan Bunker, her firm's top accounts liaison with whom she had to work side by side a lot and whom she disliked intensely we will find a connection to everyone. As if to prove the universal truth of the theme, Anna quoted Deepak Chopra to her sister to the effect that there are no coincidences, that "coincidences are messages. They are clues from spirit, urging you to open yourself beyond your familiar patterns of thinking." Lorna didn't believe that for a minute, but was at a loss to explain...