Elizabeth Enslin

Elizabeth Enslin (CNF) | Somewhere, OR

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Elizabeth Enslin is the author of While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal (Seal Press 2014), a finalist for a 2016 Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction and winner of an Honorable Mention for a 2014 IndieFab Book of the Year Award in Autobiography/Memoir. Her essays have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Raven Chronicles, Opium Magazine, and other journals. Currently working on a sequel to her first book, she lives in a straw bale house and raises yaks, pigs and garlic on a farm in northeastern Oregon.


While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal (Seal Press, 2014). CNF. Memoir.

Press & Reviews

“An insider’s view of the struggles inherent in any attempt to straddle different cultures….”
Kirkus Reviews

“I am fascinated and haunted by Elizabeth Enslin’s story….It will stay with you and won’t let you go.”
—Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Into the Beautiful North and Hummingbird’s Daughter

“This finely written memoir transports the reader into a society on the cusp of social and political transformation. The barriers to gender, caste and class equality that Elizabeth Enslin reveals continue to impede Nepal’s quest for democracy today. This is an inspiring and challenging read for activists, rebels and dreamers everywhere.”
—Manjushree Thapa, author of Forget Kathmandu

“Elizabeth Enslin is a daring original, both in life and on the page. While the Gods Were Sleeping is a love story, an adventure narrative, and an anthropological study in one, written with a global awareness, free of the exoticism we associate with foreigners in Nepal. Sharply observant and full of wisdom.”
—Alden Jones, author of The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler’s Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia

“Elizabeth Enslin’s While the Gods Were Sleeping captures the struggle of Nepali women fighting for their rights and Enslin’s own challenges as a participant/observer in this battle. From her unique vantage as daughter-in-law in a Nepali family and an anthropologist conducting field research, Enslin manages to honor her subjects’ hardships while keeping her white, Western privileges in check. Enslin’s honesty refreshes and her glimpses into this tradition-bound world far off the tourist’s well worn paths are riveting and haunting. A bold read steeped in pungent realism and lasting inspiration.”
—Elyssa East, author of Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town

“…Intelligent without being pedantic, emotional but not sentimental. An engaging and enlightening read.”
Redivider Journal

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