America Is Not the Heart

America Is Not the Heart

Book - 2018
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After fleeing the Philippines, Hero De Vera arrives at her uncles where she is given a fresh start. He asks no questions about her disturbing political past, but his daughter, the first American-born family member, is unable to resist her curiosity especially about her cousin's damaged hands.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780735222410
073522241X
Call Number: F CASTILLO
Characteristics: 408 pages ; 24 cm

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Three generations of women from one immigrant family trying to reconcile the home they left behind with the life they're building in America.

Excelsior Book Club September 2019 selection. A moving immigrant family saga set in the Bay Area, illuminating the troubled political history of the Philippines, and growing up Filipino in America.

Three generations of women from one immigrant family trying to reconcile the home they left behind with the life they're building in America.

From a female lens this novel is a moving immigrant family saga set in the Bay Area, illuminating the troubled political history of the Philippines, and growing up Filipino in America.

Previous selection: January 9th, 2019.


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nsalenga85 Aug 30, 2019

This is a great book about 3 generations of women in 1 family struggling to balance the promise of the American dream & unshakable grip of history.

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lukasevansherman
May 07, 2019

Impressive and engaging first novel from Elaine Castillo. It's part of a new wave of books dealing with the immigrant experience and these books can't help but feel political in the age of Trump. Castillo deals with Filipino-Americans and finds new ways to write about familiar themes and situations. For the squeamish, be advised that there are some graphic sex scenes. Also check out "The Refugees" and "Insurrecto."

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