Monstress by Lysley Tenorio
My favorite book of 2012, Monstress compiles eight short stories by local SF author Lysley Tenorio. The stories address many aspects of Filipino (and Filipino-American) experience, including family honor, faith, immigration, aging, and longing for a better place. Highlights include “Help”, about the Beatles’ only visit to the Philippines where they snub first lady Imelda Marcos. One of her loyalists plots to retaliate against them with mixed results. In the best and most poignant story “Save the I-Hotel”, two elderly immigrants recount their years living in Manilatown, just moments before they are evicted from their residential hotel. A promising young writer, I look forward to reading more from Lysley Tenorio.