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In Nikki Alfar’s wonderful collection, "Now, Then, and Elsewhen," be prepared to travel. Her stories range from the contemporary modern world into the past and far into the future. The writing is strong, and the voices included within these pages: absolutely stunning. If you haven’t already stopped reading this sentence and opened the bo
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Paperback, 173 pages
Published 2013 by University of Sto. Tomas Publishing House
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There are many brilliant pieces in this collection of short stories by Nikki Alfar, the wife of Dean Francis Alfar. They range from her reminiscences of childhood memories about her long-dead grandmother to supernatural or fantasy like seeing a man in diving suit jump into a flooded street in Manila. The stories are youngish and would cater well with young adults from middle-class families. Alfar seems to have been schooled in exclusive schools in Manila as some of her stories here are, just lik ...more
Sheryl
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've been in a recent short story streak. I love how I can go from story to story, life to life, thought to thought, world to world in just a few pages. And even then, it takes great skill to hold ones attention in such few pages as the expectation is higher.

This collection from Nikki Alfar was one great surprise. The book is divided into 3 parts as the title implies to Now, Then and Elsewhen. I thoroughly enjoyed all stories in Now and was simply amazed at the eloquence and elegance the author
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Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
While I'm giving the collection an over all 3 stars, I'd rate a handful of stories as 4.5 stars on their own: When We Were Witches, Bearing Fruit, Emberwild, and Selected Transmissions from Synthesized Human Emulation Mk.8.014b, Otherwise Known as Katey. ...more
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Nikki Alfar has fought fire 7,000 feet in midair and killed a snake with a flip-flop. Confoundingly, she’s found it much harder to earn a few Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, a couple of Bewildering Stories Mariner Awards, a Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award, and selection as one of twelve ‘Filipina writers of note’ by the Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings. Nevertheless ...more

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