Book DescriptionAn anthology with the following contributors -
Dean Francis Alfar, Katrina Ramos Atienza, Maria Victoria Beltran, M.G. Bertulfo, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Amalia B. Bueno, Max Gutierrez, Leslieann Hobayan, Jaime An Lim, Paulino Lim Jr., Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor, Dolores de Manuel, Rashaan Alexis Meneses, Veronica Montes, Charlson Ong, Marily Ysip Orosa, Kannika Claudine D. Pena, Oscar Penaranda, Edgar Poma, Tony Robles, Brian Ascalon Roley, Jonathan Jimena Siason, Alieen Suzara, Geronimo G. Tagatac, and Marianne Vilanueva
Comments from Back Cover"This collection of 27 stories-of growing up Filipino in the Philippines, In the United States, in Canada-presents adolescents grappling, with some confusion and anxiety, about their place as affected by social and cultural mobility that separate and also enclose them. These are stories of discoveries about the young self at the brink of adulthood; of longing for a once-comfortable past, of fears arising from present economic hardships which threaten the future, of loneliness in the family gatherings in school, of racism, of single parenthood... These are impeccable stories in range of subject matter and modes of narration: part of the story of the Philippines and wherever Filipinos live; part of the world's history."
-Linda Ty-Casper, Novelist
"Every story in this collection authentically captures the interdependence of society-at-large and some individual's growth, within extended families, both natural and ritual."
"When read collectively, these stories become an embodiment of the Philippine mosaic, to highlight the fluidity of Filipino/ American identity."
Background on Cecilia Manguerra BrainardCecilia Manguerra Brainard is the multi-award author and editor of 14 books. Her awards include a California Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction, a Brody Arts Fund Award, a Special Recognition Award from the Los Angeles Unified School District, a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate 21st District, a 1998 Outstanding Individual Award from her birth city, Cebu, Philippines, and the respected Filipinas Magazine Award for Arts in 2001. She also received several travel grants from the USIS (United States Information Service).
She has lectured and performed in UCLA, USC, University of Connecticut, University of the Philippines, PEN, Beyond Baroque, Shakespeare & Company in Paris, and others. She teaches creative writing at the Writers Program at UCLA Extension.
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