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 Edited by Alamin Yohannes

Alvar’s 2015 debut provides a deep and textured look at Filipino culture at home and abroad.

Why Mia Alvar’s
In the Country is a must read

Oneworld Publications

Through 9 tales set across the globe, In The Country gives a voice to people of the Philippines from teachers to housemaids, and from parents to children. 

DEBORAH LOPEZ

Through careful, delicate prose, Alvar reveals her characters’ pasts and desires, which range from saintly to shameful in this deeply religious culture.

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—Isabella Biedenharn, EW critic

"Alvar’s characters are engaging and memorable, and their homes swell with visceral smells and sounds as she places us gently, firmly, into their imperfect lives."

Oneworld Publications

We asked AAPI authors to recommend books by other AAPI authors, and two chose Alvar’s debut. 

Gioia Zloczower

    on In The Country

C Pam Zhang

“Wise and prickly and wonderful, careening between New York skyscrapers and a kontrabida in Manila, Alvar charts the modern Filipino diaspora. Her characters are delightfully difficult to pin down, but always suffused with a palpable sense of longing.”

Christine Lee

    on In The Country

Pitchaya Sudbanthad

“This Filipino-American story collection by Alvar has stayed with me for a long while.” 

Christine Lee

    on In The Country

 Pitchaya Sudbanthad

“Her stories, globetrotting from Manila to Bahrain, are populated by characters in various stages of exile from their origins and themselves. Some believe they're trying to do the right thing, but things often get more complicated than the original bargain.”

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