Edited by Cecilia Brainard
PALH 2020, softcover, 258 pages, ISBN 971–1‑953716–05‑7 — $17.95 — NEW US EDITION
Outstanding and Delightful, a Must-Read
First published in the Philippines in 1993, this 2020 US edition of Fiction by Filipinos in America hopes to accommodate librarians, professors, teachers, and students interested in Philippine American literature, books which are still scarce in the US. This collection, which has been cited by educators and librarians as a valuable resource includes classic stories such as “A Scent of Apples” by Bienvenido N. Santos and “The Romance of Magno Rubio” by Carlos Bulosan.
The anthology was funded by a Brody Arts Fund and collects 23 stories by Filipinos in America, including Carlos Bulosan, Luis Cabalquinto, Virginia R. Cerenio, Juan C. Dionisio, Alberto S. Florentino, Ligaya Victorio Fruto, Jean Vengua Gier, N.V.M. Gonzalez, Erlinda Villamore Kravetz, Paulino Lim, Jr., Manuel R. Olimpo, Julia R. Palarca, Oscar Penaranda, Bievenido N. Santos, Nadine R. Sarreal, Michell Cruz Skinner, Samuel Tagatac, Linda Ty-Casper, Nenutzka Villamar, Marianne Villanueva, Manuel A. Viray, and Cecilia Manguerra Brainard.
“(Editor) Manguerra Brainard’s selection is a delight. Some of the stories are masterly, especially those written by such reliables as Carlos Bulosan, Linda Ty-Casper, N.V.M. Gonzalez, and Alberto S. Florentino. None is less than highly competent, and all are worth reading. Manguerra Brainard has done an excellent job of mixing critical judgement and personal taste.” ~ Prof. Al Camus Palomar for Writing for World Literature Today
Definitely one of the most outstanding anthologies published [in 1993], this collection of stories by 23 Filipino writers who work or used to work in the United States is a must-read for all students of Philippine Literature. The stories convey the history of Filipinos in America via fiction and the book is acknowledged an important addition to Philippine, Philippine-American, as well as Asian-American literature.”~Isagani R. Cruz for Philippines Star: ”
Isagani R. Cruz for Philippine Star, Feb. 17, 1994
Al Camus Palomar for World Literature Today, Autumn 1994