In the Country

In the Country


Book - 2015
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"A powerful, globe-trotting debut short-story collection from an exciting new writer--vivid, character-driven stories about Filipinos from every walk of life. Mia Alvar's stunning debut gives us a vivid, insightful picture of the Filipino diaspora: exiles and emigrants and wanderers uprooting their families to begin new lives in the Middle East and America--and, sometimes, turning back. One man smuggles drugs from his pharmacy in New York to Manila for his ailing father, only to discover an alarming truth about his mother. A woman living in Bahrain faces a challenge that compels her to question her marriage. A college student in Manila struggling to write fiction knows that her brother, who has gone abroad to make money, is the one living a life that stories are made of. The novella-length title story follows the unexpected fates of a journalist and a nurse during the 1970s labor strikes in Manila. Exploring the universal experience of loss, displacement, and the longing to connect across borders both real and imagined, In the Country speaks to the heart of everyone who has ever searched for a place to call home"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385352819
Characteristics: 347 pages ; 22 cm


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Manateestarz Apr 28, 2019

A truly wonderful short story collection that brings to life the joys and struggles of the Filipino diaspora. Each story is rich and vivid and each character is unforgettable and completely real. Although Alvar's characters come from all walks of life and every layer of Filipino society from rich to poor, most of them do share the same characteristic of being self-sacrificing and hard working. However, every person in every story is full of surprises.

This is a beautiful book.

Mar 13, 2019

Wonderful set of stories that will definitely strike a chord with immigrants (or children of immigrants), or people familiar with Philippine culture. Solid writing. I personally loved it and have recommended it to many.

Jan 15, 2019

To me the book doesn't lives up to the acknowledgements/credits given at the back of it...

Oct 27, 2018

Charmed by her writing at first, became very repetitive soon. I have read other stories about the Philippines during the second world war that very interesting.

Jul 15, 2017

Solid writing with interesting stories that surprised me. I don't think I've ever read a book about Filipino people, their country and their lives. I liked the unselfconscious writing style and familiar way the author wrote about these characters. I've been recommending this to a lot of my reader friends.

multcolib_darceem Aug 25, 2015

Beautiful stories featuring a diverse cast of characters from the Filipino diaspora: Thought-provoking, memorable and full of small surprises.

Jul 27, 2015

Excellent book of short stories, well-crafted, interesting and provided much insight into the life of Phillipino workers. Really enjoyed it.

athompson10 Jul 26, 2015

Beautifully crafted stories. Most are heartbreaking.


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