Winner of the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award
This collection of sixteen stories brings the work of a distinguished Filipino writer to an American audience. Scent of Apples contains work from the 1940s to the 1970s. Although many of Santos's writings have been published in the Philippines, Scent of Apples is his only book published in the United States.
Replaces ISBN 9780295956954
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Number of pages: 220
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
Edition: revised edition
Santos writes simply and skillfully of his countrymen who leave home for America, of the pain of separation, loneliness, longing, yesterday's hopes and tomorrow's dreams. His portraits of these gentle, courageous exiles are moving as he shows how each one struggles to make his way in the new land, trying to find a life far from his roots while sustained by the dream of a return home. . . . Santos gets to the heart of what it is like to be uprooted, alone, alien.-- Publishers Weekly
Mr. Santos is a master at giving the reader a sense of people speaking in many languages and dialects.-- Maxine Hong Kingston, New York Times Book Review
Santos is a writer of deceptive simplicity, one whose graceful storytelling conceals considerable political commitment. . . . His stories capture with warmth and deep humanity the pain of exile and the cost of progress.-- Washington Post
The whole collection is affecting-a small, unexpected gift from a writer with a welcome new voice.-- Kirkus Reviews
Mr. Santos's best pieces are exquisitely crafted works which examine with irony, humor, and humanity the plight of Filipinos in America.-- Studies in Short Fiction
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