a novel

Bend You to Remain (Bloomsbury USA & McClelland and Stewart, 2022) tells the story of a Tibetan family’s movement into exile after the Chinese invasion in 1959. Following the lives of two sisters who lose their mother, a village oracle, during the family’s escape to Nepal, the novel examines the passing of dreams and traumas from one generation to the next. While one sister, Lhamo, remains at a refugee 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 story of generational displacement and the many struggles of those who must forge new lives in exile. This novel also addresses 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. 

Short Works


2015 “Ritual,” Homage to Nepal, Vela Magazine.


2018 “Light,” Old Demons, New Deities: 21 Short Stories from TibetOR 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 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.

2006 “No One Loves The Way I Do”, “One Morning As a Girl”, and “Streetfood”, Dolma Magazine, Dharamsala, India.