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Banana Heart Summer by Merlinda Bobis
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May 20, 09

Read in May, 2009

This was a bittersweet coming of age story about a poor girl in the Philippines. Born out of the union of a wealthy mom disowned by her family and a dad who was a mere mason, her life at home with five other siblings meant that there was not often much to eat. The story chronicles life on their little street, with vignettes about their neighbors and their happenings.

The book is also centered around the theme of food, and its effect on the body and spirit, how there is never enough, etc. At times the writing style didn't work well and I was left confused - felt as if I was missing something.

I really grew to like the characters, especially Manolito Ching and Miss VV, in contrast to the main character. It showed that even if you have enough to eat and it seems like the world is on your side, everybody has their own personal demons that they have to face.

Not the best book, but a quick read that I don't regret.
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