Monstress by Lysley Tenorio

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In voicing the idiosyncratic particulars of Filipino Americana, "Monstress" succeeds and makes its dark fringes of modernity feel as known as a childhood home.
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“The debut of an electric literary talent. Brilliantly quirky, often moving, always gorgeously told….Bravo for this fabulous American fiction!”
—Chang-Rae Lee, New York Times bestselling author of Native Speaker

“A wonderful story collection that’s as wide and rich and complex as the geography it spans.”
— Ben Fountain, PEN/Hemingway award-winning author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevera

“Tenorio is a deep and original writer, and Monstress is simply a beautiful book.”
—Jessica Hagedorn, author of Dogeaters

A luminous collection of heartbreaking, vivid, startling, and gloriously unique stories set amongst the Filipino-American communities of California and the Philippines, Monstress heralds the arrival of a breathtaking new talent on the literary scene: Lysley Tenorio. Already the worthy recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writer’s Award, and a Stegner Fellowship, Tenorio brilliantly explores the need to find connections, the melancholy of isolation, and the sometimes suffocating ties of family in tales that range from a California army base to a steamy moviehouse in Manilla, to the dangerous false glitter of Hollywood.

 

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Lysley Tenorio's stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, Manoa, the Chicago Tribune, and The Best New American Voices and Pushcart Prize anthologies. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a graduate of the University of Oregon Creative Writing Program, he is a recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award, a National Magazine Award nomination, and fellowships from the University of Wisconsin, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in the Philippines, he currently lives in San Francisco, and is an Associate Professor at Saint Mary's College of California.
 
Published January 31, 2012 by Ecco. 245 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by August Brown on Feb 17 2012

In voicing the idiosyncratic particulars of Filipino Americana, "Monstress" succeeds and makes its dark fringes of modernity feel as known as a childhood home.

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