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"Writing is searching, someone once told me," says one of Lacuesta's protagonists.
"You search for something and you don't know what it is until you've found it."

What these stories have in common is the questions which they raise and do not answer, and the aloneness of their protagonists. Loneliness, lovelessness, impermanence, death, lie in their heart.

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Paperback, First Edition, 152 pages
Published 2000 by The University of the Philippines Press and the U.P. Creative Writing Center
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Inah Anunciacion
As a collection, this book makes sense due to the common themes that tie the stories: loneliness, alienation, etc. The stories, however, fluctuate in their quality, with "Tattoo" already being the strongest, freshest, and most well-written.
Maan
Book #74 for 2012: Another one from the library. I can honestly say Lacuesta is starting to grow on me. His style of writing is so smart and relatable. Whenever I read his stories, it feels like having a friend telling me stories over a cup of coffee. In this book, I loved the stories The Festival of Mooncake, The Daughter of the Wind, Harvest (this is on top of my list because it talks about old Davao. He mentioned stuff like the old non-air conditioned / open air airport, Bangkerohan River, et ...more
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Amado Angelo Rodriguez Lacuesta (a.k.a. Sarge Lacuesta) is a Filipino writer, and winner of several awards for his short stories, including the Philippine Graphic Award, the Palanca Memorial Award and the NVM Gonzalez Awards.

Lacuesta was born in 1970 in Cebu City. He was educated at the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines, and graduated from the latter with a Bachelor
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