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Downward Dog, Upward Fog – Book Giveaway!

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Downward Dog, Upward Fog – Book Giveaway!

We are giving away a copy of Downward Dog, Upward Fog by Meryl Davids Landau. Read this excerpt from the novel and comment for your chance to win the book!

Chapter 1

I never even saw the bright red Mazda enter the highway, but suddenly it’s right behind my car, like a leopard pressing in for the kill. My heart pounds wildly; my palms feel so slippery, I can barely grasp the wheel. I swerve into the center lane just in time to avoid a crash.

“Crazy driver, are you trying to kill me?” I scream, even though I’m certain the teenager can’t hear me through my closed window. Not only is his bass thumping and rattling, he’s already slalomed past a dozen cars up ahead. My rage is roaring, and I can’t tamp it down. “How did you ever get a license?” I fume. “When a kid comes into the Motor Vehicles Commission, they need to hand him a bus map and shove him out the door: ‘Off the road, buster, til you’re more like twenty-one!’– the minimum driving age should be! They should–

I spy my twisted red face in the rearview mirror, and come up short. My gaping mouth closes; my fist releases its midair punch. Sheepishly, I peek to the lanes on either side, relieved to see no one’s watching me: a lone lunatic railing at the world.

Where does this anger boil up from? I wonder. It’s the second time in the past few days I’ve found myself shrieking at a stranger, for reasons I can’t fathom. I know I’m a really sweet person. On the same drive, after all, didn’t I happily oblige a woman’s request to duck in front of me on her way to the highway entrance ramp? But this guy doesn’t ask permission, I remind myself. He just drives like he’s king of the road. No wonder I lost it.

I check myself again, unhappy with the direction in which my thoughts are zooming. Lorna, this is not a good way to begin your week.

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7:10AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

It's so easy to connect with Loma. Just like many women, Loma is confused about the direction that her life is taking. Loma hasn't fallen in love with the right guy the way she (and her mother) imagined she would. Now that she is in her 30's Loma compares herself to her more successful sister Anna and wishes she could find more meaning in her own life. This chapter leaves me wondering what will happen next?

11:27PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011


6:42PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

Interesting but ...

I'd like to understand the concept within the title.

Any ideas ?

1:41PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

Omigosh. This is ME! (Is that funny or sad?) I'll have to read the rest of this book because I'm really tired of being this way when I know I used to be so much nicer and can (hopefully!) be again.

9:52AM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

HA HA I see myself and every other person in little glimpses in this. Wonderful, light, funny, and still a guidance to self discovery and we are not alone.

8:28AM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

Sounds like a book I need to read. Lately my frustrations are out all the time. Too many changes all happening at once and I can't seem to figure out what to do with all these feelings.

10:51PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011


6:14PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

This sounds like me too!

11:25AM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Sounds like more! Fun to read about someone elses frustrations once in a while!

11:25AM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Sounds like more! Fun to read about someone elses frustrations once in a while!

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