Tuesday, February 2, 2021



PALH (Philippine American Literary House) announces the release of the US edition of the collection of short stories, CONTEMPORARY FICTION BY FILIPINOS IN AMERICA, edited by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard. The book is available from Amazon for $17.95 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1953716091

This book is part of PALH’s efforts to reissue in the United States important literary books published in the Philippines, and which have been difficult to find in the US. The release of CONTEMPORARY FICTION BY FILIPINOS IN AMERICA follows an earlier release of another anthology, FICTION BY FILIPINOS IN AMERICA. Both books are considered valuable literary resources, and are available in Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

First published in the Philippines in 1998, this 2021 US edition of CONTEMPORARY FICTION BY FILIPINOS IN AMERICA hopes to accommodate librarians, professors, teachers, and students. This collection is considered a valuable literary resource.

The anthology collects 26 short stories by Filipino and Philippine American writers, including (in no particular order): Fatima Lim-Wilson, Mila Faraon Heubeck, Eileen Tabios, John L. Silva, Veronica Montes, Cecilia Brainard, Lilia V. Villanueva, Mar V. Puatu, Vince Gotera, Oscar PeƱaranda, Luis Cabalquinto, F. Delor Angeles, Melissa R. Aranzamendez, Eulalio Yerro Ibarra, Nadine Sarreal, Jay Ruben Dayrit, Ligaya Victoria Fruto, Edgar Poma, Marianne Villanueva, Linda Ty-Casper, Paulino Lim, Jr., Greg Sarris, Less Respecio Colomby, N.V.M. Gonzalez, and Alma Jill Dizon.

Harold Augenbraum praised the book for MANOA, saying:

By pulling these personal, fictional quests together, the reader indeed comes away with a varied portrait of Filipinos in America, not the expression of dark causality present in the earlier generations of writers, such as Bulosan and Santos—those fantastic conjurors of Filipino American literature—but of people cautiously settling into what they hope will be a comfortable position … So many of these stories convey loneliness, disconnectedness, and an inability to form lasting attachments … This collection abounds with such tension … Brainard has done a fine job of bringing many little-known writers – and the edginess of Filipinos in America – to the fore. ”

For more information, please contact palh@aol.com or palhbooks@gmail.com.

Tags: Philippines books, Philippine literature, Philippine short stories, Philippine American literature

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