We all belong somewhere: a place of our birth, the origin of our being. But there are those who belong to nowhere, an existence without a motherland, or circling in-between, as if in bardo. The Tibetan Suitcase is a story of the peripatetic life of the protagonist, an Indian-born Tibetan. The book is also filled with a cast of memorable characters that are equally longing for their place in the Earth’s geography. Scattered across the world, they manage to get on with their lives—living, loving, laughing, struggling but never giving up—as if in a perpetual long-distance relationship with their homeland, and their loved ones. In a style that is as ambitious as it is simple, the epistolary novel effortlessly unravels Tibetan lives without making in a sermon or a show of grief about the people who are, forever, guests in a foreign land land.
The Tibetan Suitcase: A Novel by Tsering Namgyal Khortsa
Blackneck Books, November 2019 (ISBN 9789385578120)