The Last Mistress of Jose Rizal: Stories

Northwestern University Press
  • erschienen am 29. Februar 2016
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 168 Seiten
978-0-8101-3322-8 (ISBN)
The Last Mistress of Jose Rizal is a collection of stories that focuses on multigenerational tales of intertwined Filipino families. Set in the huge yet relatively overlooked and misunderstood Filipino diaspora in the United States, this book follows characters who live in the shadow of the histories of the United States and its former colony in Asia, the Philippines. The impact of immigration and separation filters through the stories as a way of communing with or creating distance between individuals and family, country, or history.

Roley's work has been praised by everyone from New York Times literary critics to APIA author Helen Zia for his bare, poetic style and raw emotionalism. In the collection's title story, a woman living with her daughter and her daughter's American husband fears the loss of Filipino tradition, especially Catholicism, as she tries to secretly permeate her granddaughter's existence with elements of her ancestry. In ""New Relations,"" an American-born son introduces his mother to his Caucasian bride and her family, only to experience his first marital discord around issues of politesse, the perception of culture, and post-colonial legacies. Roley's delicately nuanced collection often leaves the audience with the awkwardness that comes from things lost in translation or entangled in generational divides.
  • Englisch
  • Evanston
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  • USA
  • Höhe: 226 mm
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  • Breite: 152 mm
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  • Dicke: 15 mm
  • 227 gr
978-0-8101-3322-8 (9780810133228)
0810133229 (0810133229)
Brian Roley is the author of the award-winning novel American Son (2001), which was a Los Angeles Times Best Book, New York Times Notable Book, Kiriyama Prize finalist, and winner of the 2003 Association of Asian American Studies Prose Book Award, among other honors. He is an English professor at Miami University in Ohio, USA.
"A grandmother obsesses over her granddaughter's un-Catholic upbringing. A son visits his estranged father at a hospital where he is under a suicide watch. A family imports a young maid from the Philippines, and all hell, with love, breaks loose. In the eyes of a dog, a boy reconnects with his deceased father. A war veteran migrates to Los Angeles and moves into the overcrowded home of his sister's family to take care of their aging mother. Written in a seemingly effortless grace and clean-eyed prose, the short stories in Roley's long-awaited collection, The Last Mistress of Jose Rizal, is poignant, intimate, and heartbreaking. These interlinked narratives - all the characters are from the same multi-generational family - offer refreshing perspectives of the Philippine experience in America and what it means to be a Filipino, or a Filipino American, in the country of dreams where they have to constantly make do with the odds, surrender to the scars of war, childhood, and family, endure failed hopes and loves, and grapple with the contradictions of living in-between cultures, homes, and memories." -- R. Zamora Linmark, author of Leche and These Books Belong to Ken Z

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