Jessica is publishing excerpts from The Unintended, a novel in progress, in her anthology Manila Noir. She talks about Filipino writers here.
From the interview:
“And who are some of those Filipino American writers we should be checking out?
R. Zamora Linmark’s epic and bittersweet novel Leche was published by Coffee House around the same time as Toxicology. We had a blast doing a lot of readings together this past April and May. I just finished reading a galley of Lysley Tenorio’s short story collection, Monstress, which is due out early next year. It’s a fabulous collection, really original. Another writer is Miguel Syjuco, who wrote Ilustrado, which has done really well. Miguel was my student at Columbia’s MFA Writing Program way back… about a million years ago. Also, Gina Apostol, who had one of her stories in the second Charlie Chan, is a marvelous, very experimental fiction writer. Eric Gamalinda also has a new novel in the works that I can’t wait to read. So does the brilliant and prolific Han Ong.”
Library Journal Reviews
May 1, 2012
Gun Dealers’ Daughter
BYLINE: Ashanti L. White
SECTION: REVIEWS; Fiction; Pg. 64 Vol. 137 No. 08
LENGTH: 179 words
Apostol, winner of the Philippine National Book Award, follows her previous novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, with this cultural coming-of-age story. Soledad Soliman, having experienced the highs and lows of life, transforms herself from a bookish, affluent girl to a Communist rebel, fighting with her dedication to the movement and the man she loves. The book is her confession; rich with emotion, reflection, and fervor, the story takes on the added element of revealing the struggles of Filipinos and women. While the narrative is strong, Apostol’s writing style—simple, poetic, and captivating at every point of Soledad’s journey—is the real draw: “And yet it was soothing…. A lulling, desperate state, but comforting, the way the extreme inactivity forced on us by illness has a morbid, feculent pleasure…there’s that sensual garb, this state of malaise.”
VERDICT Reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s Paradise and Melissa P.’s The Scent of Your Breath, this book will appeal to readers of literary fiction.—Ashanti L. White, Fayetteville, NC
The NYT op ed retitled???
random insert in a novelist’s blog: barca!
Writing any of my novels, I rest by watching football: the complete concentration you need to watch the game (when you are not multitasking) is the respite that allows you to forget your work–and so get back to it later, recharged. Watching Barcelona gives me a chance to think about art, structure, flow, indeterminacy amid beauty, dream.
And not so good hairstyles (Puyol, cut it!).