Ann Tashi Slater

Things You Dreamed of and Things You Didn't

What's hard to understand is how life slips past like a river, like the great Ganges carrying dead bodies to the sea. She took her son to Varanasi once, when he was twelve. The two of them went to the river at dawn and, wrapped in heavy shawls, watched an old man in a wooden boat drift into the mist. What happens to people when they die? her son had asked.

They say that when you think about someone you've loved, the years distill down to one or two moments, everything else falling away. With her son, it's that morning by the Ganges. The years have passed too quickly, her son now grown, carried away as inexorably as the old man in the boat...

Selected Works

Chapbook
A collection of my Tibet-related fiction and non-fiction produced for my Rubin Museum presentation.
Fiction
A story about pilgrimage, Tibet, and the quest for home. (Asia Literary Review)
A flash about how things don't always look the way we expect them to. (Big Bridge)
A story related to the 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. (failbetter)
    *Selected as one of the Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Stories.
A story related to Darjeeling and The Tibetan Book of the Dead. (Gulf Coast)
Ranging from Havana to Tokyo to Paris, a story about the things we tell ourselves in order to survive. (Shenandoah)
Memoir
An excerpt from the Dharamsala section of my travel memoir-in-progress. (Kyoto Journal)
Love and yearning in Andalusia and America. (New World Writing)
YA Fiction
A teenage girl struggles in the aftermath of the 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Tomo, Stone Bridge)
    "A broadly appealing mix . . . with nary a clinker in the bunch."
--Kirkus Reviews

A story about growing up Tibetan American. (American Dragons, HarperCollins)
    "[This] enlightening anthology of 25 stories, poems and essays by Asian Americans delves deeply . . .”
--Publisher's Weekly

Translation
A novella by Reinaldo Arenas. (Old Rosa, Grove)                                 "One of Cuba's best-known writers . . . Arenas . . . writes in the poetic and fantastic style of magical realism that Garcia Marquez has made familiar. "
-- Library Journal

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