I thought this was a very good book. Yes, as someone else said, there are a couple of hard-to-read places but it's movie-worthy, without question. That was my first comment to my sweetie as soon as I finished it: "Where's the Movie?!?!?"
I love this book. I will read it again - as soon as I can pry it out of the hands of my friend, who also loves it and has read it twice in a row. (She said she went to Hawaii to recuperate from reading such an amazing book. She makes retirement look good.) The story is rich, multi-layered, and intriguing. The lives of all the characters are very well-developed and quite enjoyable. And there's an undertow of mystery, mysticism, ancient honor, and a connection with Nature that we've almost forgotten in disregard. I love love love it, and will continue to recommend it and loan it out - even at the risk of being "Mink River"less.
This book was actually first published in 1994, long BEFORE Easwaran's death in 1999. This is a reprinting of that original 1994 book. I read it then, and even as I reread it again over the years, I still find the premise solid and soothing: that we can have a richer life, a simpler, calmer life, if we just choose to stop doing two things at one time. Once you can slow down and quit texting and talking and FB-ing and Tweeting and pretending to listen. Easwaran is a teacher in the best sense - without lecture or guilt, just simple suggestions of regular moment-to-moment choices we can each make, every moment.