America Is Not the Heart

America Is Not the Heart

Three generations of women from one immigrant family trying to reconcile the home they left behind with the life they're building in America. How many lives can one person lead in a single lifetime? When Hero de Vera arrives in America, disowned by her parents in the Philippines, she's already on her third. Her uncle, Pol, who has offered her a fresh start and a place to st Three generations of women from one immigrant family trying to reconcile the home they left behind with the life they...

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Title:America Is Not the Heart
Author:Elaine Castillo
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Genres:Fiction
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:408 pages pages

America Is Not the Heart Reviews

  • Adam
    Apr 04, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

    Fascinating for its depiction of Filipino immigrants? lives in northern California, a refreshing immigrant perspective, sadly, the story falls gracelessly flat. Initially sucked in by Paz?s depiction of life in the Philippines as a poor young girl ignored by her family during marti...

    This book! What a triumph. It was a bit too long but I never wanted it to end. The prologue, Ga-li-la, is exceptionally powerful...it makes you want to stay with Paz, but we spend most of the novel with Hero, who is a little inscrutable....Roni, however, is the most lively, realistic c...

  • Valerie Best
    May 08, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

  • Trish
    May 03, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

  • T
    May 09, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

  • Candace
    Mar 03, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

  • Janet
    Jan 06, 2019

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

    Fascinating for its depiction of Filipino immigrants? lives in northern California, a refreshing immigrant perspective, sadly, the story falls gracelessly flat. Initially sucked in by Paz?s depiction of life in the Philippines as a poor young girl ignored by her family during marti...

    This book! What a triumph. It was a bit too long but I never wanted it to end. The prologue, Ga-li-la, is exceptionally powerful...it makes you want to stay with Paz, but we spend most of the novel with Hero, who is a little inscrutable....Roni, however, is the most lively, realistic c...

    I found this TOB contender to be a bit of a slog. Initially I was trying to look up all the foreign words (in 3 different languages) and going back and forth between the hardcover and the audio but about a third of the way in I abandoned that and just went with the audio. I didn't unde...

  • Jade
    May 16, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

    Fascinating for its depiction of Filipino immigrants? lives in northern California, a refreshing immigrant perspective, sadly, the story falls gracelessly flat. Initially sucked in by Paz?s depiction of life in the Philippines as a poor young girl ignored by her family during marti...

    This book! What a triumph. It was a bit too long but I never wanted it to end. The prologue, Ga-li-la, is exceptionally powerful...it makes you want to stay with Paz, but we spend most of the novel with Hero, who is a little inscrutable....Roni, however, is the most lively, realistic c...

    I found this TOB contender to be a bit of a slog. Initially I was trying to look up all the foreign words (in 3 different languages) and going back and forth between the hardcover and the audio but about a third of the way in I abandoned that and just went with the audio. I didn't unde...

    AINTH takes you down a narrative course that is subversive at every corner. In Geronimo's young life, she has already seen life in the Philippines from the countryside of Pangasinan, from the mountains of Baguio where she was slowly radicalized and inducted in the New People's Army...

    I want to admit, right up-front, that it took me awhile to really connect with this story. After all, what did I know about the Philipines? Absolutely nothing. Which meant that much of what I read in the beautifully told prologue and even the first several sections of Hero's story, fel...

    "Castillo spends a lot of time showing how Filipinos, like many Asians, show their love and care for each other through food. The book is rich with descriptions of dishes like pancit, pinakbet, longanisa, and lechon, and multiple references to delicious-sounding barbecued pork and rice...

    Elaine Castillo's debut novel is about a Filipino family in Milpitas, California. Paz is a nurse who emigrates from the Philippines to take a nursing job in California, when Pol, a doctor she had had a relationship with, needs to leave the Philippines, they marry and have a daughter. P...

    I almost didn?t finish this book, but no one else at my library wanted it. I was able to keep it forever. Then I felt bullied into reading the thing because I?d kept it forever. It?s slow. It has very weird sentence structure - no quotes, which I can deal with, and periods where ...

    No, this book is not by my wife, just by her shadow twin! A really awesome debut novel. I liked almost everything about it. The story is about Hero (short for Geronima), a Filipino woman who comes to Milpitas, CA, as an undocumented immigrant in the late '80s/early '90s. The title i...

    There's a lot one can say about what makes this novel powerful. For example: the way the complex political history of the Philippines unfolds alongside a more contemporary setting; or how the characters, spanning three generations, relate with one another in surprising and often heartb...

    Shocking, heartbreaking, deeply affecting, confronting, balls-out, raw, passionate, sensual. Those are just some of the words I noted down whilst reading this book. An amazing debut from Elaine Castillo who for me epitomises a good writer: someone who is able to convey a range of em...

    Strongest female writing voice I've read in a very long time. Powerful, sonic boom writing. I was lucky to read this in one day - underslept but engaged throughout, so I had no chance to lose track of an excellent storytelling session. It's not an easy read. Castillo doesn't use quotat...

    (I just finished this and wanted to put down a few raw, fresh thoughts first and then more soon.) There's a certain perfection about this book. It's a slow burn...and thoughtful. Hero's contemplation is aching and affecting. So much of the hanging out felt so familiar--I recogniz...

    About 20 pages in I realized that I know barely anything about the Philippines apart from some random dishes, and some political crises over the years!! I worked for a translation company for years and assumed that Tagalog was the main language and never looked further than that. I fee...

  • Linda Robinson
    Apr 13, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

    Fascinating for its depiction of Filipino immigrants? lives in northern California, a refreshing immigrant perspective, sadly, the story falls gracelessly flat. Initially sucked in by Paz?s depiction of life in the Philippines as a poor young girl ignored by her family during marti...

    This book! What a triumph. It was a bit too long but I never wanted it to end. The prologue, Ga-li-la, is exceptionally powerful...it makes you want to stay with Paz, but we spend most of the novel with Hero, who is a little inscrutable....Roni, however, is the most lively, realistic c...

    I found this TOB contender to be a bit of a slog. Initially I was trying to look up all the foreign words (in 3 different languages) and going back and forth between the hardcover and the audio but about a third of the way in I abandoned that and just went with the audio. I didn't unde...

    AINTH takes you down a narrative course that is subversive at every corner. In Geronimo's young life, she has already seen life in the Philippines from the countryside of Pangasinan, from the mountains of Baguio where she was slowly radicalized and inducted in the New People's Army...

    I want to admit, right up-front, that it took me awhile to really connect with this story. After all, what did I know about the Philipines? Absolutely nothing. Which meant that much of what I read in the beautifully told prologue and even the first several sections of Hero's story, fel...

    "Castillo spends a lot of time showing how Filipinos, like many Asians, show their love and care for each other through food. The book is rich with descriptions of dishes like pancit, pinakbet, longanisa, and lechon, and multiple references to delicious-sounding barbecued pork and rice...

    Elaine Castillo's debut novel is about a Filipino family in Milpitas, California. Paz is a nurse who emigrates from the Philippines to take a nursing job in California, when Pol, a doctor she had had a relationship with, needs to leave the Philippines, they marry and have a daughter. P...

    I almost didn?t finish this book, but no one else at my library wanted it. I was able to keep it forever. Then I felt bullied into reading the thing because I?d kept it forever. It?s slow. It has very weird sentence structure - no quotes, which I can deal with, and periods where ...

    No, this book is not by my wife, just by her shadow twin! A really awesome debut novel. I liked almost everything about it. The story is about Hero (short for Geronima), a Filipino woman who comes to Milpitas, CA, as an undocumented immigrant in the late '80s/early '90s. The title i...

    There's a lot one can say about what makes this novel powerful. For example: the way the complex political history of the Philippines unfolds alongside a more contemporary setting; or how the characters, spanning three generations, relate with one another in surprising and often heartb...

    Shocking, heartbreaking, deeply affecting, confronting, balls-out, raw, passionate, sensual. Those are just some of the words I noted down whilst reading this book. An amazing debut from Elaine Castillo who for me epitomises a good writer: someone who is able to convey a range of em...

    Strongest female writing voice I've read in a very long time. Powerful, sonic boom writing. I was lucky to read this in one day - underslept but engaged throughout, so I had no chance to lose track of an excellent storytelling session. It's not an easy read. Castillo doesn't use quotat...

  • Nick Klagge
    May 02, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

    Fascinating for its depiction of Filipino immigrants? lives in northern California, a refreshing immigrant perspective, sadly, the story falls gracelessly flat. Initially sucked in by Paz?s depiction of life in the Philippines as a poor young girl ignored by her family during marti...

    This book! What a triumph. It was a bit too long but I never wanted it to end. The prologue, Ga-li-la, is exceptionally powerful...it makes you want to stay with Paz, but we spend most of the novel with Hero, who is a little inscrutable....Roni, however, is the most lively, realistic c...

    I found this TOB contender to be a bit of a slog. Initially I was trying to look up all the foreign words (in 3 different languages) and going back and forth between the hardcover and the audio but about a third of the way in I abandoned that and just went with the audio. I didn't unde...

    AINTH takes you down a narrative course that is subversive at every corner. In Geronimo's young life, she has already seen life in the Philippines from the countryside of Pangasinan, from the mountains of Baguio where she was slowly radicalized and inducted in the New People's Army...

    I want to admit, right up-front, that it took me awhile to really connect with this story. After all, what did I know about the Philipines? Absolutely nothing. Which meant that much of what I read in the beautifully told prologue and even the first several sections of Hero's story, fel...

    "Castillo spends a lot of time showing how Filipinos, like many Asians, show their love and care for each other through food. The book is rich with descriptions of dishes like pancit, pinakbet, longanisa, and lechon, and multiple references to delicious-sounding barbecued pork and rice...

    Elaine Castillo's debut novel is about a Filipino family in Milpitas, California. Paz is a nurse who emigrates from the Philippines to take a nursing job in California, when Pol, a doctor she had had a relationship with, needs to leave the Philippines, they marry and have a daughter. P...

    I almost didn?t finish this book, but no one else at my library wanted it. I was able to keep it forever. Then I felt bullied into reading the thing because I?d kept it forever. It?s slow. It has very weird sentence structure - no quotes, which I can deal with, and periods where ...

    No, this book is not by my wife, just by her shadow twin! A really awesome debut novel. I liked almost everything about it. The story is about Hero (short for Geronima), a Filipino woman who comes to Milpitas, CA, as an undocumented immigrant in the late '80s/early '90s. The title i...

  • Elise
    May 28, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

    Fascinating for its depiction of Filipino immigrants? lives in northern California, a refreshing immigrant perspective, sadly, the story falls gracelessly flat. Initially sucked in by Paz?s depiction of life in the Philippines as a poor young girl ignored by her family during marti...

    This book! What a triumph. It was a bit too long but I never wanted it to end. The prologue, Ga-li-la, is exceptionally powerful...it makes you want to stay with Paz, but we spend most of the novel with Hero, who is a little inscrutable....Roni, however, is the most lively, realistic c...

    I found this TOB contender to be a bit of a slog. Initially I was trying to look up all the foreign words (in 3 different languages) and going back and forth between the hardcover and the audio but about a third of the way in I abandoned that and just went with the audio. I didn't unde...

    AINTH takes you down a narrative course that is subversive at every corner. In Geronimo's young life, she has already seen life in the Philippines from the countryside of Pangasinan, from the mountains of Baguio where she was slowly radicalized and inducted in the New People's Army...

    I want to admit, right up-front, that it took me awhile to really connect with this story. After all, what did I know about the Philipines? Absolutely nothing. Which meant that much of what I read in the beautifully told prologue and even the first several sections of Hero's story, fel...

    "Castillo spends a lot of time showing how Filipinos, like many Asians, show their love and care for each other through food. The book is rich with descriptions of dishes like pancit, pinakbet, longanisa, and lechon, and multiple references to delicious-sounding barbecued pork and rice...

    Elaine Castillo's debut novel is about a Filipino family in Milpitas, California. Paz is a nurse who emigrates from the Philippines to take a nursing job in California, when Pol, a doctor she had had a relationship with, needs to leave the Philippines, they marry and have a daughter. P...

    I almost didn?t finish this book, but no one else at my library wanted it. I was able to keep it forever. Then I felt bullied into reading the thing because I?d kept it forever. It?s slow. It has very weird sentence structure - no quotes, which I can deal with, and periods where ...

    No, this book is not by my wife, just by her shadow twin! A really awesome debut novel. I liked almost everything about it. The story is about Hero (short for Geronima), a Filipino woman who comes to Milpitas, CA, as an undocumented immigrant in the late '80s/early '90s. The title i...

    There's a lot one can say about what makes this novel powerful. For example: the way the complex political history of the Philippines unfolds alongside a more contemporary setting; or how the characters, spanning three generations, relate with one another in surprising and often heartb...

  • Justine (Milkz)
    Jun 18, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

  • Lisa
    Dec 10, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

  • Ming
    Dec 10, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

    Fascinating for its depiction of Filipino immigrants? lives in northern California, a refreshing immigrant perspective, sadly, the story falls gracelessly flat. Initially sucked in by Paz?s depiction of life in the Philippines as a poor young girl ignored by her family during marti...

    This book! What a triumph. It was a bit too long but I never wanted it to end. The prologue, Ga-li-la, is exceptionally powerful...it makes you want to stay with Paz, but we spend most of the novel with Hero, who is a little inscrutable....Roni, however, is the most lively, realistic c...

    I found this TOB contender to be a bit of a slog. Initially I was trying to look up all the foreign words (in 3 different languages) and going back and forth between the hardcover and the audio but about a third of the way in I abandoned that and just went with the audio. I didn't unde...

    AINTH takes you down a narrative course that is subversive at every corner. In Geronimo's young life, she has already seen life in the Philippines from the countryside of Pangasinan, from the mountains of Baguio where she was slowly radicalized and inducted in the New People's Army...

    I want to admit, right up-front, that it took me awhile to really connect with this story. After all, what did I know about the Philipines? Absolutely nothing. Which meant that much of what I read in the beautifully told prologue and even the first several sections of Hero's story, fel...

    "Castillo spends a lot of time showing how Filipinos, like many Asians, show their love and care for each other through food. The book is rich with descriptions of dishes like pancit, pinakbet, longanisa, and lechon, and multiple references to delicious-sounding barbecued pork and rice...

    Elaine Castillo's debut novel is about a Filipino family in Milpitas, California. Paz is a nurse who emigrates from the Philippines to take a nursing job in California, when Pol, a doctor she had had a relationship with, needs to leave the Philippines, they marry and have a daughter. P...

    I almost didn?t finish this book, but no one else at my library wanted it. I was able to keep it forever. Then I felt bullied into reading the thing because I?d kept it forever. It?s slow. It has very weird sentence structure - no quotes, which I can deal with, and periods where ...

    No, this book is not by my wife, just by her shadow twin! A really awesome debut novel. I liked almost everything about it. The story is about Hero (short for Geronima), a Filipino woman who comes to Milpitas, CA, as an undocumented immigrant in the late '80s/early '90s. The title i...

    There's a lot one can say about what makes this novel powerful. For example: the way the complex political history of the Philippines unfolds alongside a more contemporary setting; or how the characters, spanning three generations, relate with one another in surprising and often heartb...

    Shocking, heartbreaking, deeply affecting, confronting, balls-out, raw, passionate, sensual. Those are just some of the words I noted down whilst reading this book. An amazing debut from Elaine Castillo who for me epitomises a good writer: someone who is able to convey a range of em...

    Strongest female writing voice I've read in a very long time. Powerful, sonic boom writing. I was lucky to read this in one day - underslept but engaged throughout, so I had no chance to lose track of an excellent storytelling session. It's not an easy read. Castillo doesn't use quotat...

    (I just finished this and wanted to put down a few raw, fresh thoughts first and then more soon.) There's a certain perfection about this book. It's a slow burn...and thoughtful. Hero's contemplation is aching and affecting. So much of the hanging out felt so familiar--I recogniz...

  • Jenny Shank
    Oct 04, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

    Fascinating for its depiction of Filipino immigrants? lives in northern California, a refreshing immigrant perspective, sadly, the story falls gracelessly flat. Initially sucked in by Paz?s depiction of life in the Philippines as a poor young girl ignored by her family during marti...

    This book! What a triumph. It was a bit too long but I never wanted it to end. The prologue, Ga-li-la, is exceptionally powerful...it makes you want to stay with Paz, but we spend most of the novel with Hero, who is a little inscrutable....Roni, however, is the most lively, realistic c...

    I found this TOB contender to be a bit of a slog. Initially I was trying to look up all the foreign words (in 3 different languages) and going back and forth between the hardcover and the audio but about a third of the way in I abandoned that and just went with the audio. I didn't unde...

    AINTH takes you down a narrative course that is subversive at every corner. In Geronimo's young life, she has already seen life in the Philippines from the countryside of Pangasinan, from the mountains of Baguio where she was slowly radicalized and inducted in the New People's Army...

    I want to admit, right up-front, that it took me awhile to really connect with this story. After all, what did I know about the Philipines? Absolutely nothing. Which meant that much of what I read in the beautifully told prologue and even the first several sections of Hero's story, fel...

    "Castillo spends a lot of time showing how Filipinos, like many Asians, show their love and care for each other through food. The book is rich with descriptions of dishes like pancit, pinakbet, longanisa, and lechon, and multiple references to delicious-sounding barbecued pork and rice...

    Elaine Castillo's debut novel is about a Filipino family in Milpitas, California. Paz is a nurse who emigrates from the Philippines to take a nursing job in California, when Pol, a doctor she had had a relationship with, needs to leave the Philippines, they marry and have a daughter. P...

    I almost didn?t finish this book, but no one else at my library wanted it. I was able to keep it forever. Then I felt bullied into reading the thing because I?d kept it forever. It?s slow. It has very weird sentence structure - no quotes, which I can deal with, and periods where ...

    No, this book is not by my wife, just by her shadow twin! A really awesome debut novel. I liked almost everything about it. The story is about Hero (short for Geronima), a Filipino woman who comes to Milpitas, CA, as an undocumented immigrant in the late '80s/early '90s. The title i...

    There's a lot one can say about what makes this novel powerful. For example: the way the complex political history of the Philippines unfolds alongside a more contemporary setting; or how the characters, spanning three generations, relate with one another in surprising and often heartb...

    Shocking, heartbreaking, deeply affecting, confronting, balls-out, raw, passionate, sensual. Those are just some of the words I noted down whilst reading this book. An amazing debut from Elaine Castillo who for me epitomises a good writer: someone who is able to convey a range of em...

    Strongest female writing voice I've read in a very long time. Powerful, sonic boom writing. I was lucky to read this in one day - underslept but engaged throughout, so I had no chance to lose track of an excellent storytelling session. It's not an easy read. Castillo doesn't use quotat...

    (I just finished this and wanted to put down a few raw, fresh thoughts first and then more soon.) There's a certain perfection about this book. It's a slow burn...and thoughtful. Hero's contemplation is aching and affecting. So much of the hanging out felt so familiar--I recogniz...

    About 20 pages in I realized that I know barely anything about the Philippines apart from some random dishes, and some political crises over the years!! I worked for a translation company for years and assumed that Tagalog was the main language and never looked further than that. I fee...

    "So you're a girl and you're poor, the worst combination, but at least you're light-skinned - that'll save you." Now that's just a great first line. "America Is Not the Heart" is a book outside my comfort zone in many ways. It's a multi-generational immigrant family saga that begins...

    Beautiful language, and commendable because despite the use of different Filipino dialects, I've seen a lot of foreigners reading and enjoying this. It's a good way of sharing the history and culture, but here's where the problem lies, at least for me. The historical narrative is a bit...

    Incredible book. Even if you?re not part of the Filipino diaspora, you?re folded into the heart of this community in 90?s Bay Area. Even if you don?t know any Filipino languages, you?re nudged into picking up the meaning of scattered phrases here and there, mixed in with Engl...

    "So you're a girl and you're poor, but at least you're light skinned - that'll save you." - An opening sentence that might as well have described my mom. A very well written book that smacks of familiarity for those of us who grew up under Marcos' Martial Law and managed to immigrate t...

    From America Magazine, July 27, 2018 https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-... A bold debut about Filipino life in America Elaine Castillo?s impressive, multifarious debut novel begins in a breathless rush, in second person, present tense: ?So you?re a girl and you?re poo...

  • Emily May
    Jan 10, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

  • Barbara VanDenburgh
    May 24, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

    Fascinating for its depiction of Filipino immigrants? lives in northern California, a refreshing immigrant perspective, sadly, the story falls gracelessly flat. Initially sucked in by Paz?s depiction of life in the Philippines as a poor young girl ignored by her family during marti...

    This book! What a triumph. It was a bit too long but I never wanted it to end. The prologue, Ga-li-la, is exceptionally powerful...it makes you want to stay with Paz, but we spend most of the novel with Hero, who is a little inscrutable....Roni, however, is the most lively, realistic c...

    I found this TOB contender to be a bit of a slog. Initially I was trying to look up all the foreign words (in 3 different languages) and going back and forth between the hardcover and the audio but about a third of the way in I abandoned that and just went with the audio. I didn't unde...

    AINTH takes you down a narrative course that is subversive at every corner. In Geronimo's young life, she has already seen life in the Philippines from the countryside of Pangasinan, from the mountains of Baguio where she was slowly radicalized and inducted in the New People's Army...

    I want to admit, right up-front, that it took me awhile to really connect with this story. After all, what did I know about the Philipines? Absolutely nothing. Which meant that much of what I read in the beautifully told prologue and even the first several sections of Hero's story, fel...

    "Castillo spends a lot of time showing how Filipinos, like many Asians, show their love and care for each other through food. The book is rich with descriptions of dishes like pancit, pinakbet, longanisa, and lechon, and multiple references to delicious-sounding barbecued pork and rice...

    Elaine Castillo's debut novel is about a Filipino family in Milpitas, California. Paz is a nurse who emigrates from the Philippines to take a nursing job in California, when Pol, a doctor she had had a relationship with, needs to leave the Philippines, they marry and have a daughter. P...

    I almost didn?t finish this book, but no one else at my library wanted it. I was able to keep it forever. Then I felt bullied into reading the thing because I?d kept it forever. It?s slow. It has very weird sentence structure - no quotes, which I can deal with, and periods where ...

    No, this book is not by my wife, just by her shadow twin! A really awesome debut novel. I liked almost everything about it. The story is about Hero (short for Geronima), a Filipino woman who comes to Milpitas, CA, as an undocumented immigrant in the late '80s/early '90s. The title i...

    There's a lot one can say about what makes this novel powerful. For example: the way the complex political history of the Philippines unfolds alongside a more contemporary setting; or how the characters, spanning three generations, relate with one another in surprising and often heartb...

    Shocking, heartbreaking, deeply affecting, confronting, balls-out, raw, passionate, sensual. Those are just some of the words I noted down whilst reading this book. An amazing debut from Elaine Castillo who for me epitomises a good writer: someone who is able to convey a range of em...

    Strongest female writing voice I've read in a very long time. Powerful, sonic boom writing. I was lucky to read this in one day - underslept but engaged throughout, so I had no chance to lose track of an excellent storytelling session. It's not an easy read. Castillo doesn't use quotat...

    (I just finished this and wanted to put down a few raw, fresh thoughts first and then more soon.) There's a certain perfection about this book. It's a slow burn...and thoughtful. Hero's contemplation is aching and affecting. So much of the hanging out felt so familiar--I recogniz...

    About 20 pages in I realized that I know barely anything about the Philippines apart from some random dishes, and some political crises over the years!! I worked for a translation company for years and assumed that Tagalog was the main language and never looked further than that. I fee...

    "So you're a girl and you're poor, the worst combination, but at least you're light-skinned - that'll save you." Now that's just a great first line. "America Is Not the Heart" is a book outside my comfort zone in many ways. It's a multi-generational immigrant family saga that begins...

  • Erin Glover
    May 13, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

    Fascinating for its depiction of Filipino immigrants? lives in northern California, a refreshing immigrant perspective, sadly, the story falls gracelessly flat. Initially sucked in by Paz?s depiction of life in the Philippines as a poor young girl ignored by her family during marti...

  • Jaymee
    May 28, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

    Fascinating for its depiction of Filipino immigrants? lives in northern California, a refreshing immigrant perspective, sadly, the story falls gracelessly flat. Initially sucked in by Paz?s depiction of life in the Philippines as a poor young girl ignored by her family during marti...

    This book! What a triumph. It was a bit too long but I never wanted it to end. The prologue, Ga-li-la, is exceptionally powerful...it makes you want to stay with Paz, but we spend most of the novel with Hero, who is a little inscrutable....Roni, however, is the most lively, realistic c...

    I found this TOB contender to be a bit of a slog. Initially I was trying to look up all the foreign words (in 3 different languages) and going back and forth between the hardcover and the audio but about a third of the way in I abandoned that and just went with the audio. I didn't unde...

    AINTH takes you down a narrative course that is subversive at every corner. In Geronimo's young life, she has already seen life in the Philippines from the countryside of Pangasinan, from the mountains of Baguio where she was slowly radicalized and inducted in the New People's Army...

    I want to admit, right up-front, that it took me awhile to really connect with this story. After all, what did I know about the Philipines? Absolutely nothing. Which meant that much of what I read in the beautifully told prologue and even the first several sections of Hero's story, fel...

    "Castillo spends a lot of time showing how Filipinos, like many Asians, show their love and care for each other through food. The book is rich with descriptions of dishes like pancit, pinakbet, longanisa, and lechon, and multiple references to delicious-sounding barbecued pork and rice...

    Elaine Castillo's debut novel is about a Filipino family in Milpitas, California. Paz is a nurse who emigrates from the Philippines to take a nursing job in California, when Pol, a doctor she had had a relationship with, needs to leave the Philippines, they marry and have a daughter. P...

    I almost didn?t finish this book, but no one else at my library wanted it. I was able to keep it forever. Then I felt bullied into reading the thing because I?d kept it forever. It?s slow. It has very weird sentence structure - no quotes, which I can deal with, and periods where ...

    No, this book is not by my wife, just by her shadow twin! A really awesome debut novel. I liked almost everything about it. The story is about Hero (short for Geronima), a Filipino woman who comes to Milpitas, CA, as an undocumented immigrant in the late '80s/early '90s. The title i...

    There's a lot one can say about what makes this novel powerful. For example: the way the complex political history of the Philippines unfolds alongside a more contemporary setting; or how the characters, spanning three generations, relate with one another in surprising and often heartb...

    Shocking, heartbreaking, deeply affecting, confronting, balls-out, raw, passionate, sensual. Those are just some of the words I noted down whilst reading this book. An amazing debut from Elaine Castillo who for me epitomises a good writer: someone who is able to convey a range of em...

    Strongest female writing voice I've read in a very long time. Powerful, sonic boom writing. I was lucky to read this in one day - underslept but engaged throughout, so I had no chance to lose track of an excellent storytelling session. It's not an easy read. Castillo doesn't use quotat...

    (I just finished this and wanted to put down a few raw, fresh thoughts first and then more soon.) There's a certain perfection about this book. It's a slow burn...and thoughtful. Hero's contemplation is aching and affecting. So much of the hanging out felt so familiar--I recogniz...

    About 20 pages in I realized that I know barely anything about the Philippines apart from some random dishes, and some political crises over the years!! I worked for a translation company for years and assumed that Tagalog was the main language and never looked further than that. I fee...

    "So you're a girl and you're poor, the worst combination, but at least you're light-skinned - that'll save you." Now that's just a great first line. "America Is Not the Heart" is a book outside my comfort zone in many ways. It's a multi-generational immigrant family saga that begins...

    Beautiful language, and commendable because despite the use of different Filipino dialects, I've seen a lot of foreigners reading and enjoying this. It's a good way of sharing the history and culture, but here's where the problem lies, at least for me. The historical narrative is a bit...

  • Chaitra
    Aug 10, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

    Fascinating for its depiction of Filipino immigrants? lives in northern California, a refreshing immigrant perspective, sadly, the story falls gracelessly flat. Initially sucked in by Paz?s depiction of life in the Philippines as a poor young girl ignored by her family during marti...

    This book! What a triumph. It was a bit too long but I never wanted it to end. The prologue, Ga-li-la, is exceptionally powerful...it makes you want to stay with Paz, but we spend most of the novel with Hero, who is a little inscrutable....Roni, however, is the most lively, realistic c...

    I found this TOB contender to be a bit of a slog. Initially I was trying to look up all the foreign words (in 3 different languages) and going back and forth between the hardcover and the audio but about a third of the way in I abandoned that and just went with the audio. I didn't unde...

    AINTH takes you down a narrative course that is subversive at every corner. In Geronimo's young life, she has already seen life in the Philippines from the countryside of Pangasinan, from the mountains of Baguio where she was slowly radicalized and inducted in the New People's Army...

    I want to admit, right up-front, that it took me awhile to really connect with this story. After all, what did I know about the Philipines? Absolutely nothing. Which meant that much of what I read in the beautifully told prologue and even the first several sections of Hero's story, fel...

    "Castillo spends a lot of time showing how Filipinos, like many Asians, show their love and care for each other through food. The book is rich with descriptions of dishes like pancit, pinakbet, longanisa, and lechon, and multiple references to delicious-sounding barbecued pork and rice...

    Elaine Castillo's debut novel is about a Filipino family in Milpitas, California. Paz is a nurse who emigrates from the Philippines to take a nursing job in California, when Pol, a doctor she had had a relationship with, needs to leave the Philippines, they marry and have a daughter. P...

    I almost didn?t finish this book, but no one else at my library wanted it. I was able to keep it forever. Then I felt bullied into reading the thing because I?d kept it forever. It?s slow. It has very weird sentence structure - no quotes, which I can deal with, and periods where ...

  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Mar 13, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

  • Andy Lillich
    Apr 27, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

    Fascinating for its depiction of Filipino immigrants? lives in northern California, a refreshing immigrant perspective, sadly, the story falls gracelessly flat. Initially sucked in by Paz?s depiction of life in the Philippines as a poor young girl ignored by her family during marti...

    This book! What a triumph. It was a bit too long but I never wanted it to end. The prologue, Ga-li-la, is exceptionally powerful...it makes you want to stay with Paz, but we spend most of the novel with Hero, who is a little inscrutable....Roni, however, is the most lively, realistic c...

    I found this TOB contender to be a bit of a slog. Initially I was trying to look up all the foreign words (in 3 different languages) and going back and forth between the hardcover and the audio but about a third of the way in I abandoned that and just went with the audio. I didn't unde...

    AINTH takes you down a narrative course that is subversive at every corner. In Geronimo's young life, she has already seen life in the Philippines from the countryside of Pangasinan, from the mountains of Baguio where she was slowly radicalized and inducted in the New People's Army...

    I want to admit, right up-front, that it took me awhile to really connect with this story. After all, what did I know about the Philipines? Absolutely nothing. Which meant that much of what I read in the beautifully told prologue and even the first several sections of Hero's story, fel...

  • Alison Hardtmann
    Dec 13, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

    Fascinating for its depiction of Filipino immigrants? lives in northern California, a refreshing immigrant perspective, sadly, the story falls gracelessly flat. Initially sucked in by Paz?s depiction of life in the Philippines as a poor young girl ignored by her family during marti...

    This book! What a triumph. It was a bit too long but I never wanted it to end. The prologue, Ga-li-la, is exceptionally powerful...it makes you want to stay with Paz, but we spend most of the novel with Hero, who is a little inscrutable....Roni, however, is the most lively, realistic c...

    I found this TOB contender to be a bit of a slog. Initially I was trying to look up all the foreign words (in 3 different languages) and going back and forth between the hardcover and the audio but about a third of the way in I abandoned that and just went with the audio. I didn't unde...

    AINTH takes you down a narrative course that is subversive at every corner. In Geronimo's young life, she has already seen life in the Philippines from the countryside of Pangasinan, from the mountains of Baguio where she was slowly radicalized and inducted in the New People's Army...

    I want to admit, right up-front, that it took me awhile to really connect with this story. After all, what did I know about the Philipines? Absolutely nothing. Which meant that much of what I read in the beautifully told prologue and even the first several sections of Hero's story, fel...

    "Castillo spends a lot of time showing how Filipinos, like many Asians, show their love and care for each other through food. The book is rich with descriptions of dishes like pancit, pinakbet, longanisa, and lechon, and multiple references to delicious-sounding barbecued pork and rice...

    Elaine Castillo's debut novel is about a Filipino family in Milpitas, California. Paz is a nurse who emigrates from the Philippines to take a nursing job in California, when Pol, a doctor she had had a relationship with, needs to leave the Philippines, they marry and have a daughter. P...

  • Rory Dela
    May 05, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

    Fascinating for its depiction of Filipino immigrants? lives in northern California, a refreshing immigrant perspective, sadly, the story falls gracelessly flat. Initially sucked in by Paz?s depiction of life in the Philippines as a poor young girl ignored by her family during marti...

    This book! What a triumph. It was a bit too long but I never wanted it to end. The prologue, Ga-li-la, is exceptionally powerful...it makes you want to stay with Paz, but we spend most of the novel with Hero, who is a little inscrutable....Roni, however, is the most lively, realistic c...

    I found this TOB contender to be a bit of a slog. Initially I was trying to look up all the foreign words (in 3 different languages) and going back and forth between the hardcover and the audio but about a third of the way in I abandoned that and just went with the audio. I didn't unde...

    AINTH takes you down a narrative course that is subversive at every corner. In Geronimo's young life, she has already seen life in the Philippines from the countryside of Pangasinan, from the mountains of Baguio where she was slowly radicalized and inducted in the New People's Army...

    I want to admit, right up-front, that it took me awhile to really connect with this story. After all, what did I know about the Philipines? Absolutely nothing. Which meant that much of what I read in the beautifully told prologue and even the first several sections of Hero's story, fel...

    "Castillo spends a lot of time showing how Filipinos, like many Asians, show their love and care for each other through food. The book is rich with descriptions of dishes like pancit, pinakbet, longanisa, and lechon, and multiple references to delicious-sounding barbecued pork and rice...

    Elaine Castillo's debut novel is about a Filipino family in Milpitas, California. Paz is a nurse who emigrates from the Philippines to take a nursing job in California, when Pol, a doctor she had had a relationship with, needs to leave the Philippines, they marry and have a daughter. P...

    I almost didn?t finish this book, but no one else at my library wanted it. I was able to keep it forever. Then I felt bullied into reading the thing because I?d kept it forever. It?s slow. It has very weird sentence structure - no quotes, which I can deal with, and periods where ...

    No, this book is not by my wife, just by her shadow twin! A really awesome debut novel. I liked almost everything about it. The story is about Hero (short for Geronima), a Filipino woman who comes to Milpitas, CA, as an undocumented immigrant in the late '80s/early '90s. The title i...

    There's a lot one can say about what makes this novel powerful. For example: the way the complex political history of the Philippines unfolds alongside a more contemporary setting; or how the characters, spanning three generations, relate with one another in surprising and often heartb...

    Shocking, heartbreaking, deeply affecting, confronting, balls-out, raw, passionate, sensual. Those are just some of the words I noted down whilst reading this book. An amazing debut from Elaine Castillo who for me epitomises a good writer: someone who is able to convey a range of em...

    Strongest female writing voice I've read in a very long time. Powerful, sonic boom writing. I was lucky to read this in one day - underslept but engaged throughout, so I had no chance to lose track of an excellent storytelling session. It's not an easy read. Castillo doesn't use quotat...

    (I just finished this and wanted to put down a few raw, fresh thoughts first and then more soon.) There's a certain perfection about this book. It's a slow burn...and thoughtful. Hero's contemplation is aching and affecting. So much of the hanging out felt so familiar--I recogniz...

    About 20 pages in I realized that I know barely anything about the Philippines apart from some random dishes, and some political crises over the years!! I worked for a translation company for years and assumed that Tagalog was the main language and never looked further than that. I fee...

    "So you're a girl and you're poor, the worst combination, but at least you're light-skinned - that'll save you." Now that's just a great first line. "America Is Not the Heart" is a book outside my comfort zone in many ways. It's a multi-generational immigrant family saga that begins...

    Beautiful language, and commendable because despite the use of different Filipino dialects, I've seen a lot of foreigners reading and enjoying this. It's a good way of sharing the history and culture, but here's where the problem lies, at least for me. The historical narrative is a bit...

    Incredible book. Even if you?re not part of the Filipino diaspora, you?re folded into the heart of this community in 90?s Bay Area. Even if you don?t know any Filipino languages, you?re nudged into picking up the meaning of scattered phrases here and there, mixed in with Engl...

    "So you're a girl and you're poor, but at least you're light skinned - that'll save you." - An opening sentence that might as well have described my mom. A very well written book that smacks of familiarity for those of us who grew up under Marcos' Martial Law and managed to immigrate t...

  • Subashini
    Jul 30, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

    Fascinating for its depiction of Filipino immigrants? lives in northern California, a refreshing immigrant perspective, sadly, the story falls gracelessly flat. Initially sucked in by Paz?s depiction of life in the Philippines as a poor young girl ignored by her family during marti...

    This book! What a triumph. It was a bit too long but I never wanted it to end. The prologue, Ga-li-la, is exceptionally powerful...it makes you want to stay with Paz, but we spend most of the novel with Hero, who is a little inscrutable....Roni, however, is the most lively, realistic c...

    I found this TOB contender to be a bit of a slog. Initially I was trying to look up all the foreign words (in 3 different languages) and going back and forth between the hardcover and the audio but about a third of the way in I abandoned that and just went with the audio. I didn't unde...

    AINTH takes you down a narrative course that is subversive at every corner. In Geronimo's young life, she has already seen life in the Philippines from the countryside of Pangasinan, from the mountains of Baguio where she was slowly radicalized and inducted in the New People's Army...

    I want to admit, right up-front, that it took me awhile to really connect with this story. After all, what did I know about the Philipines? Absolutely nothing. Which meant that much of what I read in the beautifully told prologue and even the first several sections of Hero's story, fel...

    "Castillo spends a lot of time showing how Filipinos, like many Asians, show their love and care for each other through food. The book is rich with descriptions of dishes like pancit, pinakbet, longanisa, and lechon, and multiple references to delicious-sounding barbecued pork and rice...

  • Thor Balanon
    May 03, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

  • Ditchface
    Aug 10, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

    Fascinating for its depiction of Filipino immigrants? lives in northern California, a refreshing immigrant perspective, sadly, the story falls gracelessly flat. Initially sucked in by Paz?s depiction of life in the Philippines as a poor young girl ignored by her family during marti...

    This book! What a triumph. It was a bit too long but I never wanted it to end. The prologue, Ga-li-la, is exceptionally powerful...it makes you want to stay with Paz, but we spend most of the novel with Hero, who is a little inscrutable....Roni, however, is the most lively, realistic c...

    I found this TOB contender to be a bit of a slog. Initially I was trying to look up all the foreign words (in 3 different languages) and going back and forth between the hardcover and the audio but about a third of the way in I abandoned that and just went with the audio. I didn't unde...

    AINTH takes you down a narrative course that is subversive at every corner. In Geronimo's young life, she has already seen life in the Philippines from the countryside of Pangasinan, from the mountains of Baguio where she was slowly radicalized and inducted in the New People's Army...

    I want to admit, right up-front, that it took me awhile to really connect with this story. After all, what did I know about the Philipines? Absolutely nothing. Which meant that much of what I read in the beautifully told prologue and even the first several sections of Hero's story, fel...

    "Castillo spends a lot of time showing how Filipinos, like many Asians, show their love and care for each other through food. The book is rich with descriptions of dishes like pancit, pinakbet, longanisa, and lechon, and multiple references to delicious-sounding barbecued pork and rice...

    Elaine Castillo's debut novel is about a Filipino family in Milpitas, California. Paz is a nurse who emigrates from the Philippines to take a nursing job in California, when Pol, a doctor she had had a relationship with, needs to leave the Philippines, they marry and have a daughter. P...

    I almost didn?t finish this book, but no one else at my library wanted it. I was able to keep it forever. Then I felt bullied into reading the thing because I?d kept it forever. It?s slow. It has very weird sentence structure - no quotes, which I can deal with, and periods where ...

    No, this book is not by my wife, just by her shadow twin! A really awesome debut novel. I liked almost everything about it. The story is about Hero (short for Geronima), a Filipino woman who comes to Milpitas, CA, as an undocumented immigrant in the late '80s/early '90s. The title i...

    There's a lot one can say about what makes this novel powerful. For example: the way the complex political history of the Philippines unfolds alongside a more contemporary setting; or how the characters, spanning three generations, relate with one another in surprising and often heartb...

    Shocking, heartbreaking, deeply affecting, confronting, balls-out, raw, passionate, sensual. Those are just some of the words I noted down whilst reading this book. An amazing debut from Elaine Castillo who for me epitomises a good writer: someone who is able to convey a range of em...

    Strongest female writing voice I've read in a very long time. Powerful, sonic boom writing. I was lucky to read this in one day - underslept but engaged throughout, so I had no chance to lose track of an excellent storytelling session. It's not an easy read. Castillo doesn't use quotat...

    (I just finished this and wanted to put down a few raw, fresh thoughts first and then more soon.) There's a certain perfection about this book. It's a slow burn...and thoughtful. Hero's contemplation is aching and affecting. So much of the hanging out felt so familiar--I recogniz...

    About 20 pages in I realized that I know barely anything about the Philippines apart from some random dishes, and some political crises over the years!! I worked for a translation company for years and assumed that Tagalog was the main language and never looked further than that. I fee...

    "So you're a girl and you're poor, the worst combination, but at least you're light-skinned - that'll save you." Now that's just a great first line. "America Is Not the Heart" is a book outside my comfort zone in many ways. It's a multi-generational immigrant family saga that begins...

    Beautiful language, and commendable because despite the use of different Filipino dialects, I've seen a lot of foreigners reading and enjoying this. It's a good way of sharing the history and culture, but here's where the problem lies, at least for me. The historical narrative is a bit...

    Incredible book. Even if you?re not part of the Filipino diaspora, you?re folded into the heart of this community in 90?s Bay Area. Even if you don?t know any Filipino languages, you?re nudged into picking up the meaning of scattered phrases here and there, mixed in with Engl...

  • Meike
    Dec 18, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

  • Kevin Hu
    Mar 12, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

    Fascinating for its depiction of Filipino immigrants? lives in northern California, a refreshing immigrant perspective, sadly, the story falls gracelessly flat. Initially sucked in by Paz?s depiction of life in the Philippines as a poor young girl ignored by her family during marti...

    This book! What a triumph. It was a bit too long but I never wanted it to end. The prologue, Ga-li-la, is exceptionally powerful...it makes you want to stay with Paz, but we spend most of the novel with Hero, who is a little inscrutable....Roni, however, is the most lively, realistic c...

    I found this TOB contender to be a bit of a slog. Initially I was trying to look up all the foreign words (in 3 different languages) and going back and forth between the hardcover and the audio but about a third of the way in I abandoned that and just went with the audio. I didn't unde...

    AINTH takes you down a narrative course that is subversive at every corner. In Geronimo's young life, she has already seen life in the Philippines from the countryside of Pangasinan, from the mountains of Baguio where she was slowly radicalized and inducted in the New People's Army...

  • Rhi
    May 12, 2018

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

    ?The gift of the small world was that it was small. The curse of the small world was that it was small.? ? A multigenerational family saga // So much to admire about this sprawling, multigenerational story encompassing life in Phillipines around a period of communist uprising...

    ?As for loving America or not loving America, those aren?t your problems, either. Your word for love is survival. Everything else is a story that isn?t about you.? I can only describe this as a beautiful ode to Filipinos everywhere. This book is outside my genre (fantasy...

    "You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness." ?America is Not the Heart is our collective longing: a mixtape of our youth, a recipe of our cravings, a scar, a reminder. An ache. (Thanks, Bennard @bcfajardo ...

    This is a beautifully written novel with compelling characters. I found myself pausing as I neared the end because I didn't want to finish with these people. I'm ashamed by how little I knew about the Philippines before reading this novel. ...

    Personally, this book has qualities that make this an intimidating read: - It?s been described as an ?epic family saga? (too many characters) - It?s 400+ pages (too many words) - There are shifts in time periods and POVs (too confusing) None of this mattered to me when I ...

    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her su...

    Fascinating for its depiction of Filipino immigrants? lives in northern California, a refreshing immigrant perspective, sadly, the story falls gracelessly flat. Initially sucked in by Paz?s depiction of life in the Philippines as a poor young girl ignored by her family during marti...

    This book! What a triumph. It was a bit too long but I never wanted it to end. The prologue, Ga-li-la, is exceptionally powerful...it makes you want to stay with Paz, but we spend most of the novel with Hero, who is a little inscrutable....Roni, however, is the most lively, realistic c...

    I found this TOB contender to be a bit of a slog. Initially I was trying to look up all the foreign words (in 3 different languages) and going back and forth between the hardcover and the audio but about a third of the way in I abandoned that and just went with the audio. I didn't unde...

    AINTH takes you down a narrative course that is subversive at every corner. In Geronimo's young life, she has already seen life in the Philippines from the countryside of Pangasinan, from the mountains of Baguio where she was slowly radicalized and inducted in the New People's Army...

    I want to admit, right up-front, that it took me awhile to really connect with this story. After all, what did I know about the Philipines? Absolutely nothing. Which meant that much of what I read in the beautifully told prologue and even the first several sections of Hero's story, fel...

    "Castillo spends a lot of time showing how Filipinos, like many Asians, show their love and care for each other through food. The book is rich with descriptions of dishes like pancit, pinakbet, longanisa, and lechon, and multiple references to delicious-sounding barbecued pork and rice...

    Elaine Castillo's debut novel is about a Filipino family in Milpitas, California. Paz is a nurse who emigrates from the Philippines to take a nursing job in California, when Pol, a doctor she had had a relationship with, needs to leave the Philippines, they marry and have a daughter. P...

    I almost didn?t finish this book, but no one else at my library wanted it. I was able to keep it forever. Then I felt bullied into reading the thing because I?d kept it forever. It?s slow. It has very weird sentence structure - no quotes, which I can deal with, and periods where ...

    No, this book is not by my wife, just by her shadow twin! A really awesome debut novel. I liked almost everything about it. The story is about Hero (short for Geronima), a Filipino woman who comes to Milpitas, CA, as an undocumented immigrant in the late '80s/early '90s. The title i...

    There's a lot one can say about what makes this novel powerful. For example: the way the complex political history of the Philippines unfolds alongside a more contemporary setting; or how the characters, spanning three generations, relate with one another in surprising and often heartb...

    Shocking, heartbreaking, deeply affecting, confronting, balls-out, raw, passionate, sensual. Those are just some of the words I noted down whilst reading this book. An amazing debut from Elaine Castillo who for me epitomises a good writer: someone who is able to convey a range of em...

  • ns510
    Jan 03, 2019

    Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you?ll never leave. There's only one slightly disappointing thing about this book-- that the prologue introduces us to Paz and her compelling story, which completely drew me ...

    I had such high expectations for Castillo's debut, but alas, this wasn't for me: While the story itself, a tale about an immigrant family from the Philippines, could have been super interesting, the narrative sructure drove me crazy and I almost abandoned the book halfway through. The ...

    The thing about growing up Filipino in America, and especially growing up Filipino in a heavily white area, and especially growing up Filipino in a family that doesn?t fully see you as Filipino and allow you access to your culture or a right to your heritage or the freedom to define ...

    Okay, bear with me?which, by the way, would have been an appropriate subtitle for this book. So, I liked this book. Sometimes an awful lot. There were moments in this book that took my breath away. Its writing is great, and got me excited about a kind of writing that I haven?t b...

    I?m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver?s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I?ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I over...

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