Mitchell’s latest offering takes the reader on an exclusive trip into the inner workings of the yoga studio, not just breathing and moving, but all the little secrets that lie beneath the poses. In some instances the novel serves as a solid yoga introduction; in other parts, it’s a deftly written character study. With warmth, humor, angst and relatable scenarios, Mitchell pulls the reader in and wraps a tale of self-discovery, love, friendship and heartfelt desires in an uncommon place, but with results that speak to most of us.

Lee, the steadfast owner and operator of the Edendale Yoga Studio, tries to be more than just your run-of-the-mill instructor. She has a keen way of looking beneath the surface to find the real people who frequent her classes. Lee finds something in all of the women that connects them — whether it’s overachiever Stephanie; Graciela, an artist on the way up; Imani, the actress with her own secrets or Katherine, her one true friend. Friendship, loyalty and the possibility for betrayal are all uncovered as the women’s lives intersect at the yoga studio. (PLUME, Jan., 279 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Lauren Brathwaite