In the Country

  • by Mia Alvar
  • Narrated by Nancy Wu, Don Castro
  • 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

These nine globe-trotting, unforgettable stories from Mia Alvar, a remarkable new literary talent, vividly give voice to the women and men of the Filipino diaspora. Here are exiles, emigrants, and wanderers uprooting their families from the Philippines to begin new lives in the Middle East, the United States, and elsewhere - and sometimes turning back again.
A pharmacist living in New York smuggles drugs to his ailing father in Manila, only to discover alarming truths about his family and his past. A Filipina teacher drawn to a special pupil finds, to her surprise, that she is questioning her own marriage. A college student leans on her brother, a laborer in Saudi Arabia, to support her writing ambitions, without realizing that his is the life truly made for fiction. And in the title story, a journalist and a nurse face an unspeakable trauma amid the political turmoil of the Philippines in the 1970s and '80s.
In the Country speaks to the heart of everyone who has ever searched for a place to call home. From teachers to housemaids, from mothers to sons, Alvar's powerful debut collection explores the universal experiences of loss, displacement, and the longing to connect across borders both real and imagined. Deeply compassionate and richly felt, In the Country marks the emergence of a formidable new writer.

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Accents all wrong, negative view of Filipinos

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It's okay. Many of the characters portray a negative view of Filipinos.


Would you be willing to try another one of Nancy Wu and Don Castro ’s performances?

The narrators' accents are all wrong.


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- Lucky Ducky

Just The Beginning For Alvar

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Alvar is a writer to watch and remember. She is brilliant, and the stories are riveting and original. I will be teaching this book in my college literature class next spring.

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- neeley gossett

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-19-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.