Friday, March 12, 2021

Press Release SELECTED SHORT STORIES by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard


 PRESS RELEASE 3/12/2021

The University of Santo Tomas Publishing House will soon release SELECTED SHORT STORIES by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, a collection of 39 stories. This collection will also be released in the US later this year. Please stay tuned for order information.

The book includes some of Brainard’s best short stories including the popular: Woman with Horns, Flip Gothic, Romeo, and Brainard’s recent stories: The Syrian Doctor in Paris, and Melisande in Paris, and more.

The book cover was created by noted Filipino artist, Felix Magno.


The book has been praised as follows:

Powerful, poignant and engrossing, the Selected Short Stories by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is an important work by a major writer. Written in a poetic style rich in imagery, her observant eye’s subject is both transnational and local, societal and relational in the more personal scale of family, friendship, love. These stories have an oral quality in the best sense of the word, by a master of the form. ~ Brian Ascalon Roley, author of Ambuscade and American Son, and Professor of English, Miami University. 

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard’s short stories cover not just the history of the Philippines – Spanish and American colonial rule, the bloody Marcos era, the high price of fighting for political and economic freedom – but also the deeply moving hesitations and complexities of the human heart: the loves and longings and losses that shape and haunt a life, the sensuality and desires that rip apart the fabric of social life, the intricacies of girlhood and female friendship, the confrontation of cultures, the loneliness  and courage of Filipino-Americans and others who have left their homelands and the idea of home. Beautifully written, masterfully crafted, these stories are at once heart-breaking, entertaining, and profoundly humane — very difficult to put down, impossible to forget. ~ Reine Arcache Melvin, author of The Betrayed: A Novel

Cecilia Brainard's well-crafted stories deal with fictional Manila and Mexico, Intramuros and Acapulco, Ubec and Cebu. She has the uncanny ability to enter the skin of her characters and give them their singular voices. Her Selected Stories only affirm what we have long known: that she has already vaulted into the front rank of the Philippines' best writers fiction. Brava!" ~ Danton Remoto, author of Riverrun, A Novel


Here is a link with Brainard reading from a flash fiction piece included in the book:


tags: Philippines Filipino-American FilAm books short stories fiction Cebu literature 

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