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Longlisted for the Aspen Literary Prize, 2019
Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, 2018
Longlisted for Elle's Big Book Award, 2018

Evening Standard's Wander List Guide to 2019 Getaways

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 stay in the Bay Area, knows not to ask about the first and second. And his younger wife, Paz, has learned enough about the might and secrecy of the De Vera family to keep her head down. Only their daughter Roni asks Hero why her hands seem to scream with hurt at the steering wheel of the car she drives to collect her from school, and only Rosalyn, the fierce but open-hearted beautician, has any hope of bringing Hero back from the dead.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781786491350
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Blazingly fearless... Castillo is hugely talented * Observer *
Radical... I was startled at how moved I was -- Rowan Hisayo Buchanan * Guardian *
Critical and compelling * New York Times *
This book is it: one of the best debut novels (and novels, period) of recent years * Elle *
There is so much to love about this book * The Pool *
Epic, soaring, brilliant * Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti *
Entrancing and magnificent * NoViolet Bulawayo, author of 'We Need New Names' *
A gorgeous saga... Wonderful * Stylist *
Beautifully tender, and a powerfully crafted portrayal of intimacy and the rawness of human emotion that will linger with you long after you've finished reading it. * Otegha Uwagba, author of the Sunday Times bestseller 'Little Black Book' *
Epic in its scale, sharp-as slam-poetry on the sentence level. Profound and mesmerising. * Meena Kandasamy, author of 'When I Hit You' *
An intimate epic about immigrant women's losses, triumphs and desires. A bold, tender debut; its characters thrum with life. * Luiza Sauma, author of 'Flesh and Bone and Water' *
Glorious... a sharp, bracing, often hilarious family epic about a young woman tormented by the relentless ghosts of her past while in search of an American Dream that is not always available to those who seek it. * Samantha Irby, New York Times Bestselling author of 'We Are Never Meeting in Real Life' *
Wondrous. A nimble, vibrant, deeply moving feat, full of heart, humour and wisdom. * Irenosen Okojie, author of 'Speak Gigantular' *
This is the book I didn't know I needed. This unexpected family, this history, this embrace of the sacred and the profane, this easy humour, this deeply felt human-ness, this messy, perfect love story. * Jade Chang, bestselling author of 'Wangs vs the World' *
If peaches were the most tender fruit of 2017 thanks to Call Me By Your Name, this year prepare to have your heart melted by a persimmon. * AnOther Magazine *
Elaine Castillo's full-throated debut, America is Not the Heart is quite simply one of the best first novels I've ever read. * John Freeman, Lit Hub *

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“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 emotions and feelings that... More

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“5 Stars - I loved every word!”


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book so much and was completely immersed in the story each time I picked it up. Set during the 80’s and 90’s this novel follows the... More

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