Finalist for an Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction
While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal
Seal Press, October 2014
Love and marriage brought American anthropologist Elizabeth Enslin to a world she never planned to make her own: living among Brahman in-laws in a remote village in the plains of Nepal. As she faced the challenges of married life, birth, and childrearing in a foreign culture, she discovered as much about human resilience, and the capacity for courage, as she did about herself.
While the Gods Were Sleeping: a Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal tells a compelling story of a woman transformed in the most intimate and unexpected ways. Set against the backdrop of increasing political turmoil in Nepal, Enslin’s story takes us deep into the lives of local women as they claim their rightful place in society, and make their voices heard.
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—Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Hummingbird's Daughter
–Manjushree Thapa, author of Forget Kathmandu
Pamela Olson, author of Fast Times in Palestine
–Alden Jones, author of The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler’s Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia
–Elyssa East, author of Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town
Kerry Cohen, author of Seeing Ezra
A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Rural Health Education Service Trust (RHEST) for projects dedicated to improving women’s reproductive health in rural Nepal