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Enlightenment for Idiots named one of
Booklist’s “
Top Ten First Novels in 2008”!

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"A hilarious take on the quest for truth that manages to respect the journey while skewering many of the travelers... Cushman brings devastating wit and a thorough knowledge of her subject to her first novel, evoking an India that fills the senses and stirs the spirit even as it occasionally turns the stomach."
~Publishers Weekly

"When you read between the lines for the wisdom that is woven throughout Cushman's fun romp, this book serves as a call to enlightenment and an introduction to yoga philosophy."
~Yoga Journal

Cushman brilliantly interweaves snippets of Buddhist teachings with the mishaps and successes of their journey, infusing the book with wisdom and humor.”
~Booklist, starred review

“Cushman’s send-up of the New Age American dream is both thoughtful and wise.
~The Shambhala Sun


“Equal parts "Sex and the City" and "Eat, Pray, Love," Cushman's novel sparkles with both sass and insight.”
~Debra Galant, author of Rattled and Fear and Yoga in New Jersey

“You don’t have to know a Downward Dog from a cocker spaniel to fall in love with Enlightenment for Idiots.
Anne Cushman takes you to India and offers up adventures both spiritual and earthbound with characters that will make you laugh then break your heart. And, in her heroine Amanda, she gives you a travel companion you’ll want to bring home long after you’ve turned the last page. This enlightening, entrancing novel is nirvana for smart readers.”
~Mameve Medwed, author of How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life and Of Men and Their Mothers.

“The amazing thing about this first novel is that you feel as though you are reading about your own life. The details are so honest; the writing so clear and sure-footed, sprinkled with great humor. Kudos to Cushman--this is a wonderful debut.”
~Natalie Goldberg, author of Old Friend from Far Away and Writing Down the Bones.

“Charming, honest, and laugh-out-loud funny, Enlightenment for Idiots explores the very essence of what it means to be a seeker. Anne Cushman has taken her considerable knowledge of the yoga world and transformed it into a work of fiction as smart as it is moving.”
~Dani Shapiro, author of Black & White and Family History.