Double Karma: A novel

Burmese-American photographer Min Lin’s first trip to Burma in 1988, just before an uprising, sends him on a journey of self-examination and stirs up a secret family history…

“A vivid, passionate and compassionate page-turner in which political turmoil and oppression act as unwitting catalysts for self-realization…Compelling, imaginative, timely, and gutsy.”
— C.E. Gatchalian, Author of Double Melancholy: Art, Beauty, and the Making of a Brown Queer Man

“In many different ways Double Karma feels huge. Spanning decades, linking lives in the United States with lives in Burma it is about conflicting and complex forces of religion and politics, the fates of millions of people, and the historic political figures who drive these forces. At the same time, it is a novel about not just externals, but also internals: it is a novel, above all, about identity…A novel that matters.”
— The BC Review

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About Daniel Gawthrop

Daniel Gawthrop is the author of Double Karma, a novel, and five non-fiction titles including The Rice Queen Diaries, which was shortlisted for a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award and an Independent Publishers Award (best biography/memoir), and The Trial of Pope Benedict: Joseph Ratzinger and the Vatican’s Assault on Reason, Compassion, and Human Dignity. He lives in New Westminster, B.C., traditional Coast Salish territory of the Qayqayt First Nation.

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