George Deoso Reviews Selected Short Stories by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
There is much to rejoice about this feast of a book: the range in terms of form; the weaving of past and present between the pages; and that reassuring sense of being in the hands of a writer—an artist—whose mark transcends the boundaries of time, place, and historical conflicts.
Brainard’s Selected Short Stories make me upset. And I am only happy to be upset by her fiction. Literature is nothing if it doesn’t shake the core of our being, if it only gives us a kind of bliss.
In the Philippines, the book is available from Lazada and Shopee. In the US, check Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
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