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In novel ‘A Tiny Upward Shove,’ shocking scenes and moments cascade toward inevitable ends

In her excellent debut novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, Melissa Chadburn manages to mix a single mother’s man-maddened selfishness, her neglected and abused Filipino-American child (Marina), a shredded social safety net for Marina, a...

Fact and fiction complement each other in Gina Apostol’s novel about Philippine history in...

Make no mistake, The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata by Gina Apostol is a classic, a novel that is brilliantly conceived and flawlessly executed. The work is a challenging combination of real events and...

Recently reissued “Scent of Apples” navigates race and class issues among Filipino Americans

I owe a lot to the late Filipino writer Bienvenido Santos. For starters, Santos, in his brilliant and evocative collection, Scent of Apples, showed me the beauty of the short story format, the masterful use...

What Carlos Bulosan started, Patty Enrado finished

Carlos Bulosan’s iconic America Is In The Heart begins in the rural Philippines  and ends in America with the start of World War II. Patty Enrado, with a clear and confident style, takes the...