Sunday, April 15, 2018

Asanas and Women

There is not a single scene in ‘Asanas’ without a woman in it. As the point of view is always from one of the two female main characters, this is to be expected. One or both will be there to experience the action.

Maybe the novel doesn’t quite pass the Bechdel Test with flying colors, however, as their conversations frequently turn to men and, in particular, their relationships with them. But that is what the novel is about, before all else — relationships. Including, to be sure, the relationship between best friends Lynn and Karen.

But it is also about finding themselves. Maybe they search for who they are in the wrong places, maybe they sometimes look to men for answers, but in time they may just find their paths. Lynn, particularly, who is the primary protagonist (with Karen being a strong secondary), makes a start. This sort of discovery is a pretty common theme in my fiction. More than common, perhaps, whether my lead characters be women or men.

After all, though ‘Asanas’ may see some marketing as ‘women’s fiction,’ it is intended to be universal. My ideas about things were not likely to change radically from one novel to another, regardless of the characters!

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