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Contemporary Books by Female Filipino Authors You Should Know and Read

These recent books capture the modern experiences of Filipino women around the globe.
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Who runs the world? Women! At least, this seems to be the theme in contemporary Filipino writing, given the surge of literary debuts by female authors in the past two years. From a riff on Bulosan’s classic America Is In The Heart to a semi-dystopic tale about surrogate pregnancy to an experimental novel weaving history and pop culture, these stories explore multiple themes on what it’s like to be a Filipino woman in today’s world. Here are some of the best books capturing these modern Filipina experiences to read over the break.

America Is Not the Heart, by Elaine Castillo

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Hero De Vera is sent to live with her uncle’s family in California. At first, she is reticent about her traumatic past but eventually recounts her story to her prying younger cousin Roni. 

These revelations take the reader on a journey through the Martial Law era in the Philippines while also capturing the family’s difficulties in adjusting to their new lives in the United States. It is a refreshing take on the Philippine-American experience, as well as a touching family saga that also contains an LGBT romance. 

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Insurrecto, by Gina Apostol

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Fans of The Gun Dealer’s Daughter are probably already familiar with the original and witty plots of Gina Apostol. In Insurrecto, the author is back at it again. This story is about two women, an American filmmaker and a Filipino translator, who embark on a road trip to Samar to conduct research for a movie script about the Philippine-American War. Unsatisfied with the filmmaker’s work, the translator decides to write her own version of the story. The result is a surprising, experimental, and comical tale of two competing screenplays.

The Farm, by Joanne Ramos

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The namesake “farm” in Ramos’s first novel refers to a baby factory, where Filipino immigrant Jane finds herself trapped for nine months after signing up to live as a surrogate mother for a wealthy American family. Though it may sound similar to The Handmaid’s Tale, it is set in a world much like ours, ruled by the capitalistic villain Mae Yu from whose clutches Jane must escape. The plot is straightforward enough, and you surely won’t be able to put down this fast-paced read. 

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The Body Papers, by Grace Talusan

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This brave, heartbreaking memoir talks about Talusan’s struggles with sexual abuse, depression, and cancer of her reproductive organs, as she recounts her life as a migrant in the United States. It is a story of personal triumph and redemption as she learns to reconcile her past traumas, and regain a sense of her own body during a visit she and her husband take to their family’s ancestral home in the Philippines.

Aliasing, by Mara Coson

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This postmodern tale focuses on a provincial town on the verge of a volcanic eruption and is the last of nine books in the London-based series Semina, and Coson’s first novel. As Turogasay’s inhabitants ignore their oncoming destruction, we are introduced to a diverse world of characters from Ibong Adarna to Dolphy.  

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Nicole Tantoco de los Reyes
Nicole has a deep background in both retail and publishing. She had a series of internships in publications, which led her to her first job as an editorial assistant for a lifestyle magazine. Today, she works as an associate research assistant for Rustan's creative office. As a self-confessed bookworm, she draws a lot of inspiration from the things she reads as well as from several creative people in the fashion industry. With her work in retail and writing, she hopes to help others discover and unlock their own creativity and talent.
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