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In a spiritual thriller that connects the lives of two presumably disconnected women, Temple Dancer [September 2020, ISBN: 9780974738062] burrows deep into the mirroring stories of both Wendy Rabin and Saraswati as they explore the divine connection. Author Amy Weintraub takes readers on a journey through the yoga philosophy behind the two tragic tales and the enigma that entwines the lives of two unlikely souls.
Set in India in 1997, and later in Buckingham, Virginia-based Yogaville in 2016, Temple Dancer begins when Wendy takes a spiritual pilgrimage to India following a painful divorce. On a crowded train in the midst of Wendy’s excursion, she meets Saraswati, an enigmatic older woman who claims to have been a temple dancer. The mysterious encounter between the two leaves Wendy with Saraswati’s diary and a request that she honor the profaned culture by sharing her story.
Twenty years later, after having lost the diary’s translation, its inexplicable reappearance forces Wendy to face her difficult past. Her reading and meditation trigger flashbacks of her previous mistakes and what she was blind to in the trance of love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP, founder of the LifeForce Yoga ® Healing Institute and yogafordepression.com, is a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health. She is the author of two non-fiction books, Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books, 2004) and Yoga Skills for Therapists (W.W. Norton, 2012), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Her evidence-based yoga protocol for managing mood is used in healthcare settings globally, offered in professional trainings, and is featured on eight audio-visual products, including the LifeForce Yoga ® series, an award-winning library of evidence-based yoga and meditation CDs and DVDs for mood management.
Amy holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in literary fiction from Bennington College and graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a degree in English Literature. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals. She is the recipient of the Allen Tate Memorial Award for the Short Story and a finalist for the William Faulkner Award for the Novel and for the Heekin Group Foundation Fellowship for the novel-in-progress, and received second place in the Writer’s Digest Writing Competition for Literary Fiction.
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"Amy Weintraub’s Temple Dancer is a book of wisdom earned through great suffering, deep contemplation, and real compassion” - Madison Smartt Bell, author of Behind the Moon and the acclaimed Haitian Trilogy All Souls Rising, Master of the Crossroads and The Stone That the Builder Refused
"I read this book in one day because I could not stop. It's one of those books, so clear the decks before you start. And then be prepared to be haunted and changed by the wisdom, sensuality, beauty, and fascinating history. Read this if you want to be transported and possibly changed forever." ~ Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman's Comfort Bookand Why Bother?