America Is Not the Heart: A Novel

ISBN9780525561071
PublisherPenguin Putnam Inc.
PublishedApril 3, 2018
Pages416
AuthorElaine Castillo
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.4 Kg.
Height9.1 in.
Width6.2 in.
Depth1.3 in.

America Is Not the Heart: A Novel

Elaine Castillo

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April 3, 2018

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How many lives fit in a lifetime?

When Hero De Vera arrives in America--haunted by the political upheaval in the Philippines and disowned by her parents--she's already on her third. Her uncle gives her a fresh start in the Bay Area, and he doesn't ask about her past. His younger wife knows enough about the might and secrecy of the De Vera family to keep her head down. But their daughter--the first American-born daughter in the family--can't resist asking Hero about her damaged hands.

An increasingly relevant story told with startling lucidity, humor, and an uncanny ear for the intimacies and shorthand of family ritual, America Is Not the Heart is a sprawling, soulful debut about three generations of women in one family struggling to balance the promise of the American dream and the unshakeable grip of history. With exuberance, grit, and sly tenderness, here is a family saga; an origin story; a romance; a narrative of two nations and the people who leave one home to grasp at another.
 
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America Is Not the Heart: A Novel

Elaine Castillo

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ISBN9780525561071
PublisherPenguin Putnam Inc.
PublishedApril 3, 2018
Pages416
AuthorElaine Castillo
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.4 Kg.
Height9.1 in.
Width6.2 in.
Depth1.3 in.

Synopsis

 Read our #FullyBooked reviews herehere, and here.

How many lives fit in a lifetime?

When Hero De Vera arrives in America--haunted by the political upheaval in the Philippines and disowned by her parents--she's already on her third. Her uncle gives her a fresh start in the Bay Area, and he doesn't ask about her past. His younger wife knows enough about the might and secrecy of the De Vera family to keep her head down. But their daughter--the first American-born daughter in the family--can't resist asking Hero about her damaged hands.

An increasingly relevant story told with startling lucidity, humor, and an uncanny ear for the intimacies and shorthand of family ritual, America Is Not the Heart is a sprawling, soulful debut about three generations of women in one family struggling to balance the promise of the American dream and the unshakeable grip of history. With exuberance, grit, and sly tenderness, here is a family saga; an origin story; a romance; a narrative of two nations and the people who leave one home to grasp at another.
 
Buy America Is Not the Heart: A Novel by Elaine Castillo at Fully Booked online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

 

Editorial Reviews

“[A] raw and lyrical debut novel . . . Castillo’s direct and urgent voice propels the sprawling epic with impressive skill. This unforgettable family saga is not to be missed.”

– Booklist

“A lively, often hilarious family epic stretching from the villages of the Philippines to Northern California . . . A fierce, deeply affecting story of immigrant life in America.”

– Marie Claire

“Castillo is a vivid writer, and she has a real voice: vernacular and fluid, with a take-no-prisoners edge. At the same time, she complicates her narrative by breaking out of it in a variety of places—both by deftly incorporating languages such as Tagalog and Ilocano and through the use of flashback or backstory . . . Beautifully written, emotionally complex, and deeply moving, Castillo's novel reminds us both that stories may be all we have to save us and also that this may never be enough.”

– Kirkus