In the country: stories

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These nine globe-trotting, unforgettable stories from Mia Alvar, a remarkable new literary talent, vividly give voice to the women and men of the Filipino diaspora. Here are exiles, emigrants, and wanderers uprooting their families from the Philippines to begin new lives in the Middle East, the United States, and elsewhere—and, sometimes, turning back again.

A pharmacist living in New York smuggles drugs to his ailing father in Manila, only to discover alarming truths about his family and his past. In Bahrain, a Filipina teacher drawn to a special pupil finds, to her surprise, that she is questioning her own marriage. A college student leans on her brother, a laborer in Saudi Arabia, to support her writing ambitions, without realizing that his is the life truly made for fiction. And in the title story, a journalist and a nurse face an unspeakable trauma amidst the political turmoil of the Philippines in the 1970s and ’80s.

In the Country speaks to the heart of everyone who has ever searched for a place to call home. From teachers to housemaids, from mothers to sons, Alvar’s powerful debut collection explores the universal experiences of loss, displacement, and the longing to connect across borders both real and imagined. Deeply compassionate and richly felt,In the Country marks the emergence of a formidable new writer.
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Grouped Work ID31e3abfa-d1c4-2d2b-3e09-9499c3fdcaf4
Grouping Titlein the country
Grouping Authormia alvar
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2021-10-19 04:40:37AM
Last Indexed2021-10-19 05:06:06AM
Novelist Primary ISBN9780385352819

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author2-roleAlvar, Mia,1978-Contract overseas.
Alvar, Mia,1978-Esmeralda.
Alvar, Mia,1978-Kontrabida.
Alvar, Mia,1978-Legends of the white lady.
Alvar, Mia,1978-Miracle worker.
Alvar, Mia,1978-Old girl.
Alvar, Mia,1978-Shadow families.
Alvar, Mia,1978-Virgin of Monte Ramon.
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display_description"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"-- A collection of short stories depicts the Filipino experience, including a man who smuggles pharmaceuticals from New York to Manila for his sick father, and a struggling writer and college student who is jealous of her brothers exciting life.
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Filipinos -- Fiction
Short Stories
Short stories
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Short Stories