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In the Country: Stories (Paperback)

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In her stunning debut, Mia Alvar gives us a vivid, insightful picture of the Filipino diaspora: exiles, emigrants, and wanderers uprooting their families to begin new lives in the Middle East and America—and, sometimes, turning back. One man smuggles drugs from his pharmacy in New York to Manila for his ailing father, only to discover an alarming truth about his mother. A woman living in Bahrain faces a challenge that compels her to question her marriage. A college student in Manila struggling to write fiction knows that her brother, who has gone abroad to make money, is the one living the kind of life that stories are made of. The novella-length title story follows the unexpected fates of a journalist and a nurse during the 1970s labor strikes in Manila.

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Winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
A 2015 Nautilus Book Award Winner
National Book Critics’ Circle/John Leonard Prize for Best Debut finalist

One of the Best Books of the Year
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New Yorker Staff Pick

A powerful, globe-trotting debut short-story collection from an exciting new writer—vivid, character-driven stories about Filipinos from every walk of life.

In her stunning debut, Mia Alvar gives us a vivid, insightful picture of the Filipino diaspora: exiles, emigrants, and wanderers uprooting their families to begin new lives in the Middle East and America—and, sometimes, turning back. One man smuggles drugs from his pharmacy in New York to Manila for his ailing father, only to discover an alarming truth about his mother. A woman living in Bahrain faces a challenge that compels her to question her marriage. A college student in Manila struggling to write fiction knows that her brother, who has gone abroad to make money, is the one living the kind of life that stories are made of. The novella-length title story follows the unexpected fates of a journalist and a nurse during the 1970s labor strikes in Manila.

Exploring the universal experience of loss, displacement, and the longing to connect across borders both real and imagined, these tales speaks to the heart of everyone who has ever searched for a place to call home. Deeply compassionate and richly felt, In the Country marks the emergence of a formidable new writer.

More Information
ISBN 9780804171496
Length (cm) 13.0000
Width (cm) 2.0000
Height (cm) 20.0000
Publisher Vintage
Publication Date Mar 2, 2016
Pages (number) 368
Genre Literature & Fiction
Author Mia Alvar
Signed No
Format Paperback
Editorial Reviews

“Remarkable. . . . Each of these nine stories is superb.” — The New York Times

“A triumphant, singular collection.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Few writers, even the most seasoned, can produce collections of evenly superb stories. Mia Alvar triumphs on her first try.” — Library Journal (starred)

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