Tsering Yangzom Lama with Kim Fu

A story that would readerly appeal for the subject matter alone - the story of a Tibetan family living through the trauma of exile and diaspora that many Tibetan refugees and families have had to endure the past half-century and more - but that attains a whole other level with the compelling power,  beauty and artistry of the writing by Tsering Yangzom Lama with her extraordinary first novel, We Measure the Earth With Our Bodies (Bloomsbury). Tsering Yangzom Lama was born and raised in Nepal, and has lived in recent years in Vancouver, Toronto, and New York City. She has really done it with this novel, taken the measure of what life and hold and be.

“This symphonic novel sweeps like a long wave to its transcendent, devastating conclusion. A story about the violence of exile, but also about the bright threads of love that tie these characters to their culture, their ancestral land, and each other: an intelligent, adaptable love that offers them their survival. Sentence by sentence, Lama builds an unforgettable world, sharpened by the force of her characters' longing. You must hand your heart over to this astonishing novel-it will be better for the breaking.” ―Shruti Swamy

 “We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies showcases a writer of rare talent and uncompromising vision. In these pages that speak of exile and loss, of longing and sorrow, Tsering Lama also manages to remind us – with startling beauty and compassion – how much can still survive. This novel is a testament to a people's resolve to love, no matter what. A triumph.” ―Maaza Mengiste

Tsering Yangzom Lama will be appearing in conversation with Seattle novelist Kim Fu, whose books include The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore and, most recently,  Known Monsters of the 21st Century: Stories.

Registration for this event is optional.




We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635576412
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 17th, 2022

Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century Cover Image
By Kim Fu
ISBN: 9781951142995
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tin House Books - February 1st, 2022

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Monday, May 23, 2022 - 6:00pm
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