BEND YOU TO REMAIN tells the story of a Tibetan family’s movement into exile following the Chinese invasion in 1959. Following the lives of two sisters who lose their mother, a village oracle, in their escape to Nepal, the novel examines the passing of dreams and traumas from one generation to the next. While one sister, Lhamo, remains at the final camp in Nepal, the other goes on to more and more distant places. Both remain haunted by their once-powerful mother. Spanning six decades, and taking place in Nepal, India, and Canada, BEND YOU TO REMAIN is a love story and a story of generational displacement.
This novel is also an exploration of cultural history and the particular struggles of women, the Tibetan movement for self-determination, the ancient and enduring oracular tradition of Tibet, the global market for stolen Tibetan antiquities, and the politics of Western scholarship on Tibet.
2015 “Ritual,” Homage to Nepal, Vela Magazine
2018 “Light,” Old Demons, New Deities: 21 Short Stories from Tibet, OR Books, NY, USA
2017 “The Greatest Tibetan Ever Born,” House of Snow, Head of Zeus, London, UK
2013 “Light,” La Lit Magazine, Kathmandu, Nepal
2011 “The Greatest Tibetan Ever Born,” Himal SouthAsian, Kathmandu, Nepal
2011 “The Central Zoo,” Grain Magazine, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2008 “The Riot and a Girl,” The Malahat Review, Victoria, British Columbia
2007 “ Things We Ask For,” Dolma Magazine, Dharamsala, India
2006 “To Undo a Wrong,” Brave New Play Rites Anthology, Anvil Press, Vancouver, British Columbia
2006 “No One Loves The Way I Do”, “One Morning As a Girl”, and “Streetfood”, Dolma Magazine, Dharamsala, India
2006 Monkey Temple, BC Buds Festival, Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia
2006 To Undo a Wrong, Brave New Play Rites Festival, Frederic Wood Theatre, University of British Columbia.
My work on Lhakar Diaries