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Soulmates: A Novel

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Dan Woren, Elizabeth Wiley, Zach Villa, Carly Robins, Teri Schnaubelt

7 Hours 59 Minutes

HarperCollins Publishers

September 2016

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"For anyone who has ever suspected something sinister lurking behind the craze of new-age spirituality, Jessica Grose has crafted just the tale for you. With the delicious bite of satire and the page-turning satisfaction of a thriller, Soulmates is a deeply compelling, funny and sharply observed look at just how far we will go to achieve inner peace."—Lena Dunham

A clever, timely novel about a marriage, and infidelity, the meaning of true spirituality, perception and reality from the author of Sad Desk Salad, in which a scorned ex-wife tries to puzzle out the pieces of her husband’s mysterious death at a yoga retreat and their life together.

It’s been two years since the divorce, and Dana has moved on. She’s killing it at her law firm, she’s never looked better, thanks to all those healthy meals she cooks, and she’s thrown away Ethan’s ratty old plaid recliner. She hardly thinks about her husband—ex-husband—anymore, or about how the man she’d known since college ran away to the Southwest with a yoga instructor, spouting spiritual claptrap that Dana still can’t comprehend.

But when she sees Ethan’s picture splashed across the front page of the New York Post—"Nama-Slay: Yoga Couple Found Dead in New Mexico Cave"—Dana discovers she hasn’t fully let go of Ethan or the past. The article implies that it was a murder-suicide, and Ethan’s to blame. How could the man she once loved so deeply be a killer? Restless to find answers that might help her finally to let go, Dana begins to dig into the mystery surrounding Ethan’s death. Sifting through the clues of his life, Dana finds herself back in the last years of their marriage . . . and discovers that their relationship—like Ethan’s death—wasn’t what it appeared to be.

A novel of marriage, meditation, and all the spaces in between, Soulmates is a page-turning mystery, a delicious satire of our feel-good spiritual culture, and a nuanced look at contemporary relationships by one of the sharpest writers working today.

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  • Chantal Boisvert

    This was not a book of great literary fiction but it is a highly entertaining story. I listened to it while traveling and it was perfect; not requiring my full attention. The narration was captivating, which I fully appreciated.

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  • Vanessa Carley

    I found this quite gripping as it takes you through a psychological ride. I remember several years ago reading about this Yoga guru who had a very large following and how people who ended up leaving it, claimed that it was a cult. Members became consumed by it, paying every cent they had to it and eventually cut ties with family and friends. Women stated how the leader beat them and sexually assaulted them. I'm not sure if this story was inspired by that same Yoda guru and his following, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is since they parallel so much. I found this to be such an interesting look into how something can be manipulated by a single person in order to have power over others. As we see with both Ethan and Dana, the changes they made weren't over night, they were gradual and when change is at that pace, it's hard to see the dangers until it has already swallowed you. This was great in audiobook form and I definitely recommend giving it a listen.

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