UNDRESS ME IN THE TEMPLE OF HEAVEN
By Susan Jane Gilman
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012
Home of Kay Hughes ’66 in Royal Oak
In 1986, Susan Jane 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 Linda Goodman’s Love Signs, the two friends 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 harrowing, they found themselves facing crises that Susan didn’t think they’d survive. But by summoning strengths she never knew she had—and with help from unexpected friends—the two travelers found their way out of a Chinese heart of darkness.
UNDRESS ME IN THE TEMPLE OF HEAVEN is a flat-out page-turner, an astonishing true story of naïveté, friendship, and redemption told with Susan’s trademark compassion and humor.
Susan Jane Gilman is the author of Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress and Kiss My Tiara. She has written commentary for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Ms. Magazine, among others, and her fiction and essays have received several literary awards. Though she has lived most recently in Geneva, Switzerland, and Washington, D.C., she remains, eternally, a child of New York.
To register, contact Druel Outley ’00 at (313) 342-3208 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Sheila Keefe ’56 at (586) 268-0481 or email@example.com by October 20, 2012. Directions to Kay’s home will be provided. We look forward to a great turn-out to discuss this fascinating book which was recommended by Liz Poliuto Loria ’70 at a previous book discussion.