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In the Country

(2015)
A collection of stories by

 
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. In Bahrain, 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 amidst 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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Hardback Editions

June 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: In the Country: Stories
Author(s): Mia Alvar
ISBN: 0-385-35281-6 / 978-0-385-35281-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

June 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: In the Country
Author(s): Mia Alvar
ISBN: 1-78074-979-1 / 978-1-78074-979-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: In the Country: Stories
Author(s): Mia Alvar
ISBN: 0-8041-7149-1 / 978-0-8041-7149-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

June 2015 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: In the Country: Stories
Author(s): Mia Alvar
ISBN: 1-5046-4653-3 / 978-1-5046-4653-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

June 2015 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: In the Country: Stories
Author(s): Mia Alvar
ISBN: 1-5046-4652-5 / 978-1-5046-4652-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

April 2016 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: In the Country
Author(s): Mia Alvar
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Availability: Amazon UK   

June 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: In the Country: Stories
Author(s): Mia Alvar
Publisher: Vintage
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