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The Yellow Bar

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If war came home and pounded on your front door, what would you do to survive?

Meet the Reynaldos, a simple country family living on their farm in 1940s American Philippines. Good luck has bounced their way and the family is climbing out of rural poverty to become successful entrepreneurs.

Meet Eric Lawson, the gay manager of the only five star hotel in town. With all the lu
Kindle Edition, 241 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by John Falch
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The Yellow Bar is one of the most engaging novels I have ever read. The characters were vividly drawn and very much alive, and the story of the Reynaldo family and their contemporaries in war-torn Manila had me still flipping pages at 4am. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and most impressively, it made me stop reading and put it down for 24 hours at one point because I couldn't bear to read what I thought was coming next (Joey Tribbiani would definitely put this one in the freezer!). Only great ...more
Carlye Koehler
So, I actually won this book in a Goodreads giveaway - and let me tell you how happy I am that I did. In reading the back cover, I was uncertain if this was going to be a book that interested me and I hesitated to start reading it - But man, I could not have been more wrong! I absolutely loved the story of the Reynaldo family and their lives during WWII. The author has an unusual style of storytelling that really made me feel like I got to know all of the characters - and I fell in love with eac ...more
For the several hours it took me to read this book, I was back home to my native country. Except it wasn't in the Manila that I grew up in back in the 1970s but the Manila that suffered the brutality of World War II in the 1940s. It wasn't pretty but the people were. Specifically, the Reynaldo family and a few of their special friends. Through their experiences during the heart of this Japanese occupation of the Philippines, I got to see courage, ingenuity, and resilience of the people from
I wasn't sure about this book but something about it captured my interest. I am so happy I read it. I laughed, cried, and cringed as the inhumanity of war was described. The resility of the Filipinos is the hero of this story. WWII told from a different angle. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read stories about family.
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I am a gypsy. I have lived all over the world, mostly in Asia. I pay the rent by teaching English and ranting on local radio. People say I have a nice voice.

The Yellow Bar is my first novel. It is a labor of love, inspired by the stories my late father-in-law told me about World War Two in Manila and how his family survived it. I enjoyed writing it. The book turned out better than I expected.
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