Balancing Acts by Zoe Fishman

Balancing Acts by Zoe Fishman (Harper, March 16, 2010), 384 pages

Summary
Charlie left a high-paying position on Wall Street to open her Brooklyn yoga studio. She attends her 10-year college reunion hoping to drum up business, but while she’s there she reconnects with three former classmates, who, like her, haven’t ended up quite where they planned.

• Sabine edits romance novels but hasn’t gotten around to writing her own book yet.
• Naomi hasn’t picked up her camera in years and is now a single mom doing web design.
• Bess has always dreamed of doing real journalism but instead writes cutlines (photo captions) for a gossip rag.

Thoughts
Balancing Acts struck me as kind of a cross between Sex in the City and Jennie Nash’s The Only True Genius in the Family.

I really enjoyed this book. I particularly loved how Fishman used yoga to not only facilitate the story and its progression — the four former classmates agree to meet for a six-session closed beginner’s class — but also to really inform and illustrate the whole of each character’s life.

Overall, the characters are believable and likable. I loved the focus on creativity and the arts in each of their lives.

This is a small thing, but: I’m really surprised by how technologically illiterate the main characters are. I’m the same age they are (although I don’t live in New York City and I’m not in the same life stage), and I’m much more in tune with technology than basically any of these women are.

Familiarity with yoga isn’t a factor in liking this book; although I’m somewhat interested in yoga, I’ve never done any yoga (unless you count Wii Fit).

If this is women’s fiction (Oh, all these labels!), it’s the first book I’ve heard called that I’ve actually enjoyed. This was a quick read, and I’m very glad I read it.

About the author
Zoe Fishman lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband. Balancing Acts is her first novel.

Check out the rest of the TLC Book Tour stops for Balancing Acts by Zoe Fishman.

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I received this book from the publisher, as part of the TLC book tour.

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12 responses to “Balancing Acts by Zoe Fishman

  1. Great review Hannah. I really enjoyed it too.

  2. Thanks for the review! I’ve seen this book around and it’s caught my eye.

  3. So glad you enjoyed this one, too! I really loved Fishman’s use of dialogue and found the characters super believable, too. You’re right about the technology thing… I couldn’t believe one of the characters wasn’t familiar with Facebook. I mean, really? Facebook? No person in their thirties is completely confused about Facebook. Let’s get serious.

  4. Sounds like a book I’d like. Thanks for your review.

  5. I’m reading Meg’s comment about one of the characters not being familiar with Facebook. I think that’s crazy! I’m so glad you liked the book though! And while I’m not much for women’s fiction (I know! The labels!), I do think this is one I will enjoy and I can’t wait to read it!

    Thanks for being on this tour! I really respect your opinions on books. 🙂

  6. Love the cover, and it seems like a great beach read too; thanks so much

  7. Sounds like a good one! I love books about women and their friendships, so may pick this one up. Thanks for the review!

  8. This one was already on my list of books to read. As I said at S. Krishna’s site, sounds like a perfect selection for the hot summer days ahead — by the pool or at the beach on vacation. 🙂

    JHS
    Colloquium

  9. I’ve been curious about this book and glad to hear that you liked it! I may choose to read it some time.

  10. I think Wii Fit counts 🙂 I’ve enjoyed yoga when I’ve done it. I’ll have to look for this one.

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