CECILIA BRAINARD’S WOMAN WITH HORNS & OTHER STORIES REISSUED
PALH (Philippine American Literary House) announces the release of the US Edition of Cecilia Manguerrra Brainard’s short story collection, Woman with Horns and Other Stories.
First published in the Philippines in 1987, the reception of Cecilia Manguerra Brainard’s first book has been extraordinary. Her mythical place “Ubec” (Cebu backwards), which is the setting for most of the stories, was embraced by Cebuanos and “Ubec” and has become part of their lexicon. Teachers use stories from this collection and YouTube has student films of the lead story “Woman with Horns” in particular. There is even a Wikipedia write-up about “Woman with Horns.”
The book collects a dozen stories that draw from historical and contemporary sources. Many of these stories explore the clash of Philippine culture with foreign influences that reached the archipelago during different historical periods.
Marie Castillo-Prudent praised the book in Katipunan as follows, “Beautifully written in the minimalist style yet never lacking color and clarity, Brainard’s stories reach out from the deep centuries of folklore, superstition, religion, customs, geography and history to bring them life into the present. But more than life itself, this book mirrors the unique ways in which the Filipina woman searches for meaning. The locale and period of each story expand rather than limit the characters’ choices.”
The Manila Times called the book “A welcome addition to Filipiniana.”
The US edition of Woman with Horns and Other Stories presents this beloved book to a new audience. For a limited time, Woman With Horns and Other Stories: US Edition in paperback is available from Amazon for $9.95. (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1953716032) The book is also available in Kindle form.
Cecilia Brainard is the author and editor of over twenty books, including her novels, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, Magdalena, and The Newspaper Widow. Her Selected Short Stories by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is forthcoming by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House.
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