The Umbrella Country: A Novel by Bino A. Realuyo - Trade Paperback - Contemporary Fiction

Author: Bino A. Realuyo
The Umbrella Country: A Novel by Bino A. Realuyo - Trade Paperback - Contemporary Fiction
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  • The Umbrella Country: A Novel by Bino A. Realuyo - Trade Paperback - Contemporary Fiction
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"Certain things are better kept than said. . . .
But certain things you have to find out now. . . ."

On the tumultuous streets of Manila, where the earth is as brown as a tamarind leaf and the pungent smells of vinegar and mashed peppers fill the air, where seasons shift between scorching sun and torrential rain, eleven-year-old Gringo strives to make sense of his family and a world that is growing increasingly harsher before his young eyes.

There is Gringo's older brother, Pipo, wise beyond his years, a flamboyant, defiant youth and the three-time winner of the sequined Miss Unibers contest; Daddy Groovie, whiling away his days with other hang-about men, out of work and wilting like a guava, clinging to the hope of someday joining his sister in Nuyork; Gringo's mother, Estrella, moving through their ramshackle home, holding her emotions tight as a fist, which she often clenches in anger after curfew covers the neighborhood in a burst of dark; and Ninang Rola, wise godmother of words, who confides in Gringo a shocking secret from the past--and sets the stage for the profound events to come, in which no one will remain untouched by the jagged pieces of a shattered dream.

As Gringo learns; shame is passed down through generations, but so is the life-changing power of blood ties and enduring love.

In this lush, richly poetic novel of grinding hardship and resilient triumph, of selfless sacrifice and searing revelation, Bino A. Realuyo brings the teeming world of 1970s Manila brilliantly to life. While mapping a young boy's awakening to adulthood in dazzling often unexpected ways, The Umbrella Country subtly works sweet magic.

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Article
100000058341
Author Name
Bino A. Realuyo
Publisher
PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE LLC
Origin
Imported
Book Format
Trade Paperback
Weight
0.36kg
Length
21.59cm
Width
13.97cm
Height
2.03cm
Year Released
1999
ISBN/ISSN
9780316242837
Number of Pages
320
Translator
English