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Benedicta Takes Wing and Other Stories is the debut collection of short fiction by Filipino American writer Veronica Montes. In these fourteen stories, Montes explores the intricate workings of Filipino families as they struggle to define their place in the world. Two American-born sisters bumble their way through an unforgettable night at a Manila nightclub famed for its ...more
Paperback, 185 pages
Published January 2018 by Philippine American Literary House
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Rob Baker
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given this short story collection by a friend and so opened it with no preconceived notions. I thought I might read a couple of the stories and set it aside, but once I started it, I became so engrossed in the writing and the tales being told that I couldn't put it down. Montes’ stories revolve around Filipino people and culture, true, but her themes and art are universal. I am an American of Irish-Scottish heritage, but I found myself moved by and connected to every character and story in ...more
Mary Zambales
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I normally don’t like short story collections or anthologies, because more often than not, they are a mixed bag. While some stories are indeed stronger than others in this collection, all in all they are compelling, and being Filipino, I especially connected with them. My favorites are “The Photograph” and “Beauty Queens.”
Bari Hein
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Throughout this wonderful collection of short stories are little treasures, sentences so beautiful they demand to be reread. As you dive into one unique snapshot of Filipino families after another, you’re never quite sure what each outcome will be. But do yourself a favor, treat yourself to a copy and discover, as I did, that Veronica Montes will take you somewhere special every time.
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“She lives alone and makes up stories to replace the ones that were lost. Or the ones that were shared, or never happened, or never will.” 0 likes
“You think those tattoos make you more Filipino than I am?’ She pointed to the alibata script peeking out from under his sleeve. He lifted his arm to take a look and then shrugged. ‘You think because I’m a white guy I don’t know where I come from?” 0 likes
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