So what is History for Tenzin? It is my Tibetan-American-Australian family memoir—many years in the making! I wrote it for my daughter. This brief excerpt, from near the story’s beginning, offers a taste of the work’s tone and direction:
‘What you can recall, Tenzin, of those small years when you lived as a numbered child in a numbered ‘home’ is not the totality of your history or identity. Get out your atlas and your time-travelling imagination. You have a global, tangled past and the world has been shaping you and the context of this life since before you were born.’
And what follows is an adventure, a romance, a political struggle, a trial (both literally and figuratively), and unforeseen journeys across continents, over mountains and oceans, between languages and cultures.
Maybe History for Tenzin sounds like your kind of book. If so, I hope you’ll get the chance to read it someday. Now to find a publisher… I’ll keep you posted.
**And, yes, ‘travelling’ is the right way to spell it in much of the world. Just one of the many quirks and challenges of the common English language.