Downward Dog, Upward Fog

Not since Eat, Pray, Love has there been a page-turner that captivates women with a book reflecting their own spiritual goals. Downward Dog, Upward Fog by award-winning writer Meryl Davids Landau is a lighthearted novel that inspires women in their spiritual pursuits with a relatable main character: Lorna Crawford, a 33 year old who has a great boyfriend, longtime friends, and a well-paying job, but whose biggest challenge is that she can’t seem to stay on the spiritual path she keeps diving off of.

“Where are the novels for women like me?” asked Landau, after realizing that spiritually seeking women had put numerous nonfiction books on the bestseller list, but could not find fiction with a protagonist reflecting their lives and goals. Her resulting debut novel, Downward Dog, Upward Fog, fills that void. As a yoga devotee and someone who personally struggles to implement sacred truths in her daily life, she felt there was a need for a novel to entertain and inspire the growing number of women interested in natural health, wellness, yoga, spirituality and more. She adds, “There are many faith-based Christian and Jewish novels, but hardly any geared to women pursuing a non-religious spiritual life.”

In Downward Dog Upward Fog, the main character, Lorna loses her connection to her higher self in the face of scheming coworkers, judgmental friends, and especially an overly critical mother. Lorna also wrestles over her future with her boyfriend. Throughout the novel, the readers question whether Lorna will come to understand that living spiritually has little to do with how you pretzel yourself on the yoga mat (although she gets plenty good as that, too), and everything to do with embracing the twists in everyday life. Her journey not only elevates herself, but everyone around her.

For more information on the book, you can visit