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Susan Jane Gilman
UNDRESS ME IN THE TEMPLE OF HEAVEN
"Let’s be Odysseus, Huck Finn, and Jack
Kerouac all rolled into one.”
With that, two ambitious young women
set off to conquer the world.
But the world had other plans for them.
Bestselling author Susan Jane Gilman’s new
memoir is a hilarious but harrowing journey.
|susan jane gilman
"Best Books of 2009" --Amazon's Editors' Pick
"Best Nonfiction Books of 2009"--B&N
An Oprah Book Club recommendation
"Best Books of 2009" -- Modern Tonic
The hardcover. The paperback.
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|"Thank you, O Lord, for sending us Susan Gilman's tales." -- Frank McCourt
|Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven
|"A godsend for readers" -- Alexandra Fuller
|author photo: Francois Bourru Copyright © 2008 Susan Jane Gilman. All Rights Reserved
|In 1986, Gilman and a classmate embarked on a bold trek around the globe starting in the People’s
Republic of China. At that point, China had been open to independent backpackers for roughly ten minutes
Armed only with the collected works of Nietzsche and an astrology book, the two plunged into the dusty
streets of Shanghai. Unsurprisingly, they quickly found themselves in over their heads—hungry,
disoriented, stripped of everything familiar, and under constant government surveillance. Soon, they
began to unravel—one physically, the other psychologically. As their journey became increasingly sinister,
they found themselves facing crises Gilman didn’t think they’d survive. But by summoning strengths she
never knew she had—and with help from unexpected friends—she and her friend found their way out of a
Chinese heart of darkness. What began as a lighthearted adventure became a real-life international
thriller that transformed them forever.
“Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven” is a flat-out page-turner, an astonishing true story of hubris,
friendship, and redemption told with Gilman’s trademark lyricism and wit. -- GCP's book jacket
|"Publishers' frantic search for 'the female David Sedaris' may have finally
come to an end." -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer