Leche by R. Zamora Linmark

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After thirteen years of living in the U.S., Vince returns to his birthplace, the Philippines. As he ventures into the heat and chaos of the city, he encounters a motley cast of characters, including a renegade nun, a political film director, arrogant hustlers, and the country’s spotlight-driven First Daughter. Haunted by his childhood memories and a troubled family history, Vince unravels the turmoil, beauty, and despair of a life caught between a fractured past and a precarious future.

Witty and mesmerizing, this novel explores the complex colonial and cultural history of the Philippines and the paradoxes inherent in the search for both personal and national identities.

R. Zamora Linmark is the author of the novel Rolling the R's (Kaya Press) and two poetry collections, Prime Time Apparitions and The Evolution of a Sigh (Hanging Loose Press). Linmark splits his time between Manila and Honolulu.


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R. Zamora Linmark is the author of Prime Time Apparitions and Rolling The R's, which he adapted for the stage. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in the U.S. and the Philippines. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, and twice from the Fulbright Foundation. He lives in Honolulu and Manila.
Published March 29, 2011 by Coffee House Press. 280 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Broken up by postcard correspondence, dream sequences, glossary entries and "Tourist Tips" ("Staring is a favorite Filipino pastime.

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Linmark (Rolling the R's) cunningly follows Philippines-born Vince De Los Reyes through the trials and surprises awaiting him upon his return to his home country after spending 13 years in Hawaii.

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Lambda Literary

The novel’s stakes are immediately apparent—Vince’s ambivalent and fractured sense of identity, the madness and the melancholy of trying to return “home.” What follows is a riotous ride through modern day Manila featuring encounters with a larger-than-life cast of characters including a (perhaps)...

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However, Linmark’s tone is all his own and though Hagedorn and Linmark draw on familiar geographical territories, Linmark clarifies a different temporal moment—that of the 90s, the post-Marcos era, where Cory Aquino’s presidency does not come to fulfill the many hopes of the people.

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