The memoir chronicles three generations of Tibetan women. In 1950, Kunsang is a Buddhist nun living in a remote mountain village with her husband and two children. When the Chinese army invades that year, she and her family attempt to flee across the Himalayas and join His Holiness the Dalai Lama in exile in India. Sonam is six years-old at the time and survives the journey, only to live in impoverished refugee camps with no access to clean water, education or cultural stimulation. Their lives change with the arrival of Martin Brauen – a young Swiss man who has long been fascinated by Tibet. Martin falls in love with Sonam, and eventually secures passage for her and her mother to Switzerland, where Yangzom – the author – is born.
Across Many Mountains skillfully interweaves the stories of these three women who, though connected, have taken radically different paths. Together they present a captivating portrait of the recent history of Tibet.
The library already has quite a few copies in ready to be checked out, and more can be inter-library loaned if needed. No prior experience with our book group is needed; newcomers are always welcome. All that is required is the desire to read a thought-provoking book and share in an enriching discussion with fellow readers.