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In the Company of Strangers
Fiction. Asian American Studies. Filipino American Studies. Sixteen deceptively simple stories comprise Michelle Cruz Skinner's much-anticipated follow-up to Balikbayan and Mango Seasons, many of them about Filipinos tongue-tied and alienated in the motherland, or scattered across the map of heartaches and homesickness in the company of strangers called countrymen, family, ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published November 17th 2009 by Bamboo Ridge Press
(first published 2009)
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If you have Filipino heritage this is a must read. I also wonder if you’ll “get” this book if you do not. Without elaborate descriptions, the author is able to create vivid characters through their observations and conversations. This book is less a series of short stories and more a compilation of memory vignettes. I found myself imagining my own family and familiar acquaintances of my childhood and adolescence and even people I never met but were described to me in the stories my elders wove a ...more