A powerful, globe-trotting debut short-story collection from an exciting new writer—vivid, character-driven stories about Filipinos from every walk of life.
In her stunning debut, Mia Alvar gives us a vivid, insightful picture of the Filipino diaspora: exiles, emigrants, and wanderers uprooting their families to begin new lives in the Middle East and America—and, sometimes, turning back. One man smuggles drugs from his pharmacy in New York to Manila for his ailing father, only to discover an alarming truth about his mother. A woman living in Bahrain faces a challenge that compels her to question her marriage. A college student in Manila struggling to write fiction knows that her brother, who has gone abroad to make money, is the one living the kind of life that stories are made of. The novella-length title story follows the unexpected fates of a journalist and a nurse during the 1970s labor strikes in Manila. Exploring the universal experience of loss, displacement, and the longing to connect across borders both real and imagined, these tales speaks to the heart of everyone who has ever searched for a place to call home. Deeply compassionate and richly felt, In the Country marks the emergence of a formidable new writer.