Edited by Cecilia Brainard
Anvil 1998, softcover, 254 pages, ISBN 9712707016
Personal yet Global
Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America collects 26 stories by emerging as well as established Filipino writers living in America, including Luis Cabalquinto, Linda Ty-Casper, Jay Ruben Dayrit, Alma Jill Dizon, Ligaya Victoria Fruto, N.V.M. Gonzalez, Vince Gotera, Paulino Lim, Jr., Veronica Montes, Oscar Penaranda, Edgar Poma, Greg Sarris, Eileen Tabios, John Silva, Marianne Villanueva, Fatima Lim-Wilson, and others.
This anthology, plus others Cecilia Brainard edited (including Fiction by Filipinos in America, Growing Up Filipino I and II) are valuable sources for many teachers. To quote Harold Augenbraum, “Brainard has done a fine job bringing many little-known writers – and the edginess of Filipinos in America – to the fore.”
“By pulling these personal, fictional quests together, the reader indeed comes away with a varied portrait of Filipinos in America, not the expression of dark causality present in the earlier generations of writers, such as Bulosan and Santos — those fantastic conjurors of Filipino American literature — but of people cautiously settling into what they hope will be a comfortable position … So many of these stories convey loneliness, disconnectedness, and an inability to form lasting attachments … This collection abounds with such tension … Brainard has done a fine job of bringing many little-known writers – and the edginess of Filipinos in America – to the fore. ” (Harold Augenbraum for Manoa)
“Those of us who read fiction … will enjoy this marvelous anthology of contemporary stories exploring the experience of being not only Filipino, not only American, not only Filipino American, but a truly global human being living in an unmistakably global community.” (Isagani R. Cruz, Critic-at-Large)