Title: In the Country
Authors: Alvar, Mia
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 347
Year: 2015
Language: English
Description: From the Middle East to the US and back to the Philippines, with mobility both reluctant and voluntary, the nine short stories in this collection criss-cross the globe in their chronicling of the Filipino diaspora and its genesis.

Students, teachers, wives, maids, chauffeurs and more, the men and women in these stories with their ever present yearning for a place to call home, are all tightly drawn and the depth of their experiences compassionately rendered.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"This book captures the essence of short story writing: tightly scripted with great character snapshots plus some suspense with a final twist or sting in the tail."

"For short story fans, this book is a delight."

"Tales from a Filipino viewpoint are unusual for most New Zealanders."

"All tales seemed credible to me and none were superficial."

"Each short story has substance describing situations and giving full pictures of the central characters."

"The stories focus on the diverse experiences of Filipino expats who begin new lives around the globe."

Categories: Fiction, Short Stories, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Political, Philippines, 2018 Titles


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