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Talking to the Moon

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
When Jory Lalaban, a Filipino postman, finds himself the target of a racially motivated shooting, he is forced to confront long buried memories of his life in the Philippines — how he came to abandon the priesthood to become a worshipper of the Moon; his youth in an orphanage after World War II; the devastating "curse" that forced him and his new bride, Belen, to flee the ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published January 3rd 2007 by Carroll & Graf (first published January 2nd 2006)
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Dec 31, 2008 Athena rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in asian-american or filipino-american literature or queer coming-of-age stories
Shelves: filipiniana, novels
This novel is loosely based on the 1999 racially motivated shooting of Filipino-American postal worker Joseph Ileto and several people at a Jewish community center in the LA area. Alumit uses a fictionalized version of that event as a departure point for the story of a Filipino-American family (father, mother, adult gay son, and dead brother) where loss, spirituality, and sexuality are major themes. It's a compelling story, and the characters and the relationships between them are fairly well de ...more
Oct 20, 2009 Jimmie rated it it was amazing
Inspired by the murder of Joseph Ileto, the Filipino-American postman murdered by white supremacist Buford Furrow in 1999, Noel Alumit's second novel begins under similar circumstances: Jory Lalaban is shot multiple times by a racist thug while delivering mail. Jory, clinging to life in the hospital, is comforted and kept company by his wife Belen and their younger son, Emerson.

As Jory recuperates, the story veers back and forth in time, sometimes from one sentence to the next and back again. Jo
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Nov 23, 2014 Andrew Brandon rated it it was amazing
A moving and powerful story. The characters are beautiful and endearing. Alumit is a master storyteller.
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Aug 15, 2011 Robert Mooney rated it really liked it
I loved Alumit's "Letters to Montgomery Clift" so I was happy to find this on the shelves at The Strand. This book has magic, just like LTMC, but some of the situations are rushed to conclusion and seem a bit unbelievable or improbable, even for a book with magic. That said, Alumit has a way of creating characters you can't help but fall in love with. More than once I was on the verge of tears. I can't say I don't love this book; I just can't say it's great.
Eric Rittenhouse
Jul 01, 2009 Eric Rittenhouse rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic book! Noel is a fantastic writer and I hope he continues to write books. I fell in love with every character and felt like I was part of the family. It was cleverly told through everyone's eyes which I loved as well. As I was reading I kept picturing it as a movie, but the more I think about it, maybe a stage play would be better suited... either way, this is a story that i believe should and will be retold through another medium!
Sep 13, 2007 Larry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
this book is a good read especially for anyone that enjoys Slice of Life stories. The author is philapino and gay as is the son in the story. It is the story of how the son and mother deal with the father being shot by accident in a hate crime shooting. It also deals with the son dealing with the way he has been treated by society,his parents,religion and lovers. I liked it and would be interested in any of his other books.
Mar 20, 2008 Laura rated it liked it
This is Alumit's second novel. When the patriarch of a Filipino family is shot, the rest of his family (his wife and son) are forced to deal with the past and the present. This novel extensively discusses race, religion, and sexuality. I liked it, even though it was kind of sad.
May 20, 2008 bruin rated it really liked it
this book is gorgeous, thoughtful, and haunting. delicious writing and a complicated deep cast of characters.
Feb 28, 2012 Roland rated it really liked it
Very good. Great characters.
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