Interweaving themes from The Tibetan Book of the Dead, This Flawless Place Between is a spellbinding reimagining of one of the world’s most influential and treasured spiritual texts
A spell-binding reimagining of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, one of the world’s most influential and treasured spiritual texts, Portier’s novel explores our deepest questions about life, love, and death.
Anne and Evan are on the vacation they’ve always dreamed of, travelling deep into Tibet, when a dreadful accident sends them down a wholly different path. What happens next is a story of acceptance, a cathartic journey where minds are opened to the possibility that this life we know is not the only one and death is not the only end.
Evoking inspirational classics such as The Alchemist and Jonathan Livingston Seagull, THIS FLAWLESS PLACE BETWEEN is storytelling at its most uplifting and enriching, weaving a tale that will transform the way we see this world and our place in it.
Portier, a filmmaker and writer, uses fiction to recast The Tibetan Book of the Dead, a text sacred to Tibetan Buddhists that describes what happens at and after death. Husband and wife Evan and Anne are traveling on a motorcycle on a remote road in Tibet when an accident occurs. From there the two takes different journeys. Tibetans call the stages of consciousness at and after death bardo. What Portier lacks in storytelling skills the narrative is a simplistic one he makes up for with his imaginative construction of a soul's slow departure from life as the body begins to break down and the unique person looks back and slowly moves on to another existence. It's provocative, emotional, and strangely comforting. Highly recommended for those who dislike a treacly view of the afterlife and also for skeptics who think this is all there is.