We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies
Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize
For readers of Homegoing and The Leavers, a compelling and profound debut novel about a Tibetan family's journey through exile.
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About the Author
"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, author of THE SHADOW KING, shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize"A true polished gem of a novel, every sentence is a revelation. Built out of both myth and history, Tsering Lama's first novel marks the debut of a stunning new voice." --Gary Shteyngart, author of SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY and OUR COUNTRY FRIENDS "We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies asks what happens when colonialism and cruelty take your homeland. Is it gone forever? What remains in the mind and heart? Can loss be restored? A haunting novel of family and exile, written with beauty, authenticity, and grace." --David Ebershoff, author of THE DANISH GIRL and THE 19TH WIFE "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, author of THE ARCHER and A HOUSE IS A BODY "Tsering Lama's wise and devastating debut implores readers to consider what it means to live in exile, what it feels like to never belong. Through the heartbreaking, yet hopeful story of one Tibetan family's struggle to survive and their yearning for liberation, she delivers a stirring love letter to a country and culture. We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies captured my heart and mind. A must-read and a marvel." --Jessamine Chan, author of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD MOTHERS