We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A haunting first novel that recounts a Tibetan family’s fifty-year journey through exile and their struggles to forge new lives of dignity, love, and hope. Named one of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch, a "most anticipated book of the year" by The Millions, Ms., and a "noteworthy book of the month by the Washington Post and Bustle.
In the wake of China’s invasion of Tibet throughout the 1950s, Lhamo and her sister, Tenkyi, arrive at a refugee camp on the border of Nepal, having survived the dangerous journey across the Himalayas into exile when so many others did not. As Lhamo—haunted by the loss of her homeland and her mother, the village oracle—tries to rebuild a life amid a shattered community, hope arrives in the form of a young man named Samphel and his uncle, who brings with him the ancient statue of the Nameless Saint, a relic long rumoured to vanish and reappear in times of need.
Decades later, the sisters are separated, and Tenkyi is living with Lhamo’s daughter, Dolma, in Toronto's Parkdale neighbourhood. While Tenkyi works as a cleaner and struggles with traumatic memories, Dolma vies for a place as a scholar of Tibetan Studies. But when Dolma comes across the Nameless Saint in a collector’s vault, she must decide what she is willing to do for her community, even if it means risking her dreams.
Breathtaking in scope and powerfully intimate, We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies is a gorgeously written meditation on colonization, displacement, and the lengths we'll go to remain connected to our families and ancestral lands. Told through the lives of four people over fifty years, this beautifully lyrical debut novel provides a nuanced portrait of the world of Tibetan exiles.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 5 minutes|
|Author||Tsering Yangzom Lama|
|Narrator||Asha Vijayasingham, Shridhar Solanki, Rishma Malik Scott|
|Audible.ca Release Date||May 24 2022|
|Publisher||McClelland & Stewart|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,425 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#26 in Asian American Literature (Books)
#35 in World Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#57 in Cultural Heritage Historical Fiction
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You will not find such a book anywhere else or in any history. This is about you and me, and the ashes Dolma spread at the border. Please read it and let me know whom you saw in Lhamo, Tenkyi, and Dolma. The title “We measure the earth with our bodies” aptly depicts Tibetans– people from the land of snow whose tears are lost in the rain.