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We Belong (Hardcover)

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An extraordinarily beautiful novel-in-verse, this important debut weaves a dramatic immigrant story together with Pilipino mythology to create something wholly new.

Stella and Luna know that their mama, Elsie, came from the Philippines when she was a child, but they don't know much else. So one night they ask her to tell them her story. As they get ready for bed, their mama spins two tales: that of her youth as a strong-willed middle child and immigrant; and that of the young life of Mayari, the mythical daughter of a god.

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An extraordinarily beautiful novel-in-verse, this important debut weaves a dramatic immigrant story together with Filipino mythology to create something wholly new.

Stella and Luna know that their mama, Elsie, came from the Philippines when she was a child, but they don't know much else. So one night they ask her to tell them her story. As they get ready for bed, their mama spins two tales: that of her youth as a strong-willed middle child and immigrant; and that of the young life of Mayari, the mythical daughter of a god. Both are tales of sisterhood and motherhood, and of the difficult experience of trying to fit into a new culture, and having to fight for a home and acceptance. Glorious and layered, this is a portrait of family and strength for the ages.

More Information
ISBN 9780593112205
Length (cm) 13.0000
Width (cm) 2.0000
Height (cm) 18.0000
Publisher Dial Books
Publication Date Mar 30, 2021
Pages (number) 208
Genre Children's Books
Author Cookie Hiponia Everman
Signed No
Format Hardcover
Editorial Reviews

"Deeply poignant . . . Infusing the heart of Pinoy culture into a moving, accessible bedtime narrative, this “story of outsiders” will resonate with anyone who has felt estranged in the place they call home." Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Sometimes raw and traumatic, other times hopeful and inspiring, Elsie’s bedtime story rings true, encapsulating the heart of Pilipino culture. A beautiful and poignant tale of immigration fused with Tagalog myth." Kirkus, starred review

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