From the publisher, Seal Press:
"Love and marriage brought American anthropologist Elizabeth Enslin to a world she never planned to make her own: a life 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 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."
|Elizabeth Enslin with son in Chitwan, Nepal, 1987|
Enslin returned to the Pacific Northwest in 1995 and earned her living as a high school and college teacher, a grant writer, and an independent consultant. She has published creative nonfiction and poetry in The Gettysburg Review, Crab Orchard Review, The High Desert Journal, The Raven Chronicles, Opium Magazine, and In Posse Review and received an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Oregon Arts Commission and an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize.
She currently lives in a strawbale house in the canyon country of northeastern Oregon, where she raises garlic, pigs, and yaks. While the Gods Were Sleeping is her first book. Learn more at elizabethenslin.com. You can find Elizabeth Enslin on Facebook and on Twitter.
While the Gods Were Sleeping is newly released - A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Rural Health Educations Service Trust (RHEST) for projects dedicated to improving women's reproductive health in Rural Nepal Read an excerpt of While the Gods Were Sleeping.
If you'd like to read this fascinating memoir, I have a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment (and a contact method) to be entered. US only, no PO boxes please. Ends Oct 12/14.