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In the Shadow of the Mountain

By: Silvia Vasquez-Lavado
Narrated by: Silvia Vasquez-Lavado
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Publisher's summary

“In climbing the Seven Summits, Silvia Vasquez-Lavado did nothing less than take back her own life—one brave step at a time. She will inspire untold numbers of souls with this story, for her victory is a win on behalf of all of us.”—Elizabeth Gilbert

This audiobook is read by the author.

"Through her narration, Vasquez-Lavado, whose first language is Spanish, conveys a lifetime of warmth, humor and steely determination."—Bookpage

"Complex and compelling, Vasquez-Lavado’s quest to heal herself from the deep wounds of patriarchy is also a vibrantly feminist celebration of female resilience."—Kirkus Reviews

"Making history is nothing new for adventurous mountaineer, explorer, entrepreneur, author, and activist Silvia Vasquez-Lavado."—Out Magazine

Endless ice. Thin air. The threat of dropping into nothingness thousands of feet below. This is the climb Silvia Vasquez-Lavado braves in her pulse-raising memoir following her journey to Mount Everest.

A Latina hero in the elite macho tech world of Silicon Valley, privately, she was hanging by a thread. Deep in the throes of alcoholism, hiding her sexuality from her family, and repressing the abuse she’d suffered as a child, she started climbing. Something about the brute force required for the ascent—the risk and spirit and sheer size of the mountains and death’s close proximity—woke her up. She then took her biggest pain as a survivor to the biggest mountain: Everest.

“The Mother of the World”, as it’s known in Nepal, allows few to reach her summit, but Silvia didn’t go alone. She gathered a group of young female survivors and led them to base camp alongside her. It was never easy. At times hair-raising, nerve-racking, and always challenging, Silvia remembers the acute anxiety of leading a group of novice climbers to Everest’s base, all the while coping with her own nerves of summiting. But there were also moments of peace, joy, and healing, with the strength of her fellow survivors and community propelling her forward.

In the Shadow of the Mountain is a remarkable story of heroism, one which awakens in all of us a lust for adventure, an appetite for risk, and faith in our own resilience.

A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company.

©2022 Silvia Vasquez-Lavado (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

Critic reviews

2022, BookPage Best Books of the Year, Long-listed

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Dear Listener,

What do I hope you will take away from my story?
"I hope that you will find courage, hope, and be inspired to tackle your own emotional mountains—whatever they are. In the Shadow of the Mountain is an unbelievable roller coaster of a ride, a true adventure—not just an external one, but also an internal one of the soul. It is a very honest, vulnerable, and sometimes painful story. But it is a story of all of us. Many of you will see pieces of yourselves reflected in this book.
I hope this book will give you the courage and strength to embrace any of your hardships and understand the unlimited resilience that lives inside all of us. Our spirit is unbreakable, and we can overcome the most when we heal together. When we come together, share our stories, and walk side by side in nature or wherever we are—we can end up in amazing and transformative places.
I hope In The Shadow of the Mountain inspires you to take that first step toward embracing your own Everest." – Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, writer of In the Shadow of the Mountain