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A Village in the Fields

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A retired Filipino farm worker looks back on his long and costly struggle for civil rights.
Hardcover, First edition, 348 pages
Published September 5th 2015 by Eastwind Books of Berkeley
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Laurel Kallenbach
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A VILLAGE IN THE FIELDS follows in the tradition of THE GRAPES OF WRATH, highlighting the poignant and sometimes heartbreaking human story of Filipino Americans who came to California in the late 1920s to make a better life for themselves and who initiated a historic labor strike in the 1960s.

Author Patty Enrado has created myriad, multifaceted characters, especially Fausto, the stubborn and stalwartly independent hero of this sweeping story. I felt I was right there with Fausto over the eight d
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Received this (from the author!) as a (requested) wedding gift. I'm so moved and impressed. I hope to dine with her soon and spill all the tea. Though interested in labor in general, I knew very little about migrant labor history/politics in California, and even less about the history of Filipino immigration. I fell in love with Fausto and feel like I learned a lot in the process.
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Village in the Fields: With this introduction into an immigrant's world, Patty Enrado tells an emotional story that encompasses the experience of America from the eyes of hope, the dream of education, and the reality of immigration. The multi-dimensional characters are fully realized people with the old country calling them and the new land beckoning. They find love and loss, hardship and success. They build and destroy and we come to understand their motivations. With a liberal dose of family ...more
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I know the author through my work. That said, I was aware of Patty's excellent editing skills but not her writing ones until I opened this book and couldn't put it down. The historical fiction focuses on Filipino Americans -- one in particular -- and the Delano Grape Strike 50 years ago in Central California. There's a great deal of research embedded in each chapter, as well as richly drawn characters struggling in an unkind world and under often character-busting conditions. Hi ...more
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A lyrical, relevant, and important exploration of the Filipino community in the Central Valley during the grape strikes. A very important book from a great author.
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Patty Enrado was born in Los Angeles and raised in Terra Bella, Calif. She has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California at Davis and a master's degree from Syracuse University's Creative Writing Program. She writes about health information technology and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children.