New memoir highlights feminine struggle, success

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Author Shashi de Soysa shares her real-life ordeals as single mother, immigrant, career-woman

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An extraordinary story of courage, willpower and feminine spirit unravels in Shashi de Soysa's autobiographic title. In "Dance of Freedom and Desire" (published by Xlibris), she recounts the ordeals of raising a child alone, traveling across the world to pursue further education and adjusting to the real and emotional challenges of being a responsible mother, student and career woman.

"Dance of Freedom and Desire" is the fictionalized story of a woman who migrates from Sri Lanka to the United States in search of freedom from societal constraints. She travels across the world with a six-year-old daughter in pursuit of further education. The narrative outlines the challenges she faces as she strives to adapt to a new culture, while simultaneously keeping multiple roles as a student, parent and breadwinner. She learns to balance the quest for liberation with her desire for love, family, friendship and career - a balancing act she describes as a 'dance of freedom and desire.'

Essentially a reflection of a modern, independent woman, not only does de Soysa's story alight a flame of hope for women but also serves as an inspiration for all of humanity to brave their spirits to the limits. Her story is an example of the human capability to overcome the thrust of odds aimed his/her way. It also emphasizes the importance of connections - with both family and friends whose support is indispensable in any time of need.

The book further touches multiple social issues including racial concerns, feminism and gender roles, immigration and parenthood. The author's generous descriptions of her world travels from Asia to the US and to Africa provide readers a delightful armchair travel experience.

“Dance of Freedom and Desire”
By Shashi de Soysa
Softcover | 6x9in | 224 pages | ISBN 9781499074086
E-Book | 224 pages | ISBN 9781499074079
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Shashi de Soysa is a lawyer and environmental and marine policy specialist. She has over two decades of experience in environment and marine policy within a multilateral organization. Currently, she engages in volunteer work at the global scene and in South Asia, in writing, traveling and getting involved with bringing up her granddaughter.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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