Kunzang Choden, born in Bhutan's Bumthang district in 1952, is the first Bhutanese woman to write a novel in English. Educated at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she and her Swiss husband currently live in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
"The Circle of Karma is a milestone in South Asian literature.... What makes it work is Kunzang Choden's gift for evocation, both of place and of experience. Her descriptions of the rugged spiritual terrain Tsomo covers in her quest for peace and her moments of ecstasy reminded me of other great religious works, such as Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy." (Ann Morgan, A Year of Reading Round the World)"