Love and Other Rituals

Love and Other Rituals : Selected Stories

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A man imprisoned by taboo learns the price of love. A child visits the grave of a cousin she's never met; another absorbs the fallout of her parents' divorce. Friendships rupture beyond repair, and family members collide when it comes to caring for their ageing father. These vivid stories of yearning, loneliness and resilience navigate the naivety of childhood, the complications of young adulthood and the politics of marriage. Monica Macansantos is a powerful new voice bringing us the raw and darkly beautiful perspectives of characters lost both in and out of their homeland, the Philippines.




'I loved these beautiful stories by Monica Macansantos, who writes with such beauty and delicacy about desire, home, longing, loneliness, duty, and hope - that is, what it means to be human. Every story is terrific, different, surprising. I can't wait to see what she does next.' - Elizabeth McCracken, author of The Souvenir Museum, Bowlaway, The Giant's House and Thunderstruck & Other Stories; winner of the 2015 Story Prize
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'I loved these beautiful stories by Monica Macansantos, who writes with such beauty and delicacy about desire, home, longing, loneliness, duty, and hope - that is, what it means to be human. Every story is terrific, different, surprising. I can't wait to see what she does next.' - Elizabeth McCracken, author of The Souvenir Museum, Bowlaway, The Giant's House and Thunderstruck & Other Stories; winner of the 2015 Story Prize.




'In Monica Macansantos's exquisitely rendered stories about the Filipino experience, both in the old country and abroad, homeland is not a place but a pang. Wisely and compassionately observed, her dislocated characters long for home with the same restrained ardor they yearn for connection. Because Macansantos knows too well how an upset heart turns, this longing remains always within sight, yet heartbreakingly elusive. Her splendid writing is stirring.' - Antonio Ruiz-Comacho, Barefoot Dogs: Stories.




'Monica Macansantos draws you into the worlds of her characters and slowly reveals their secrets. I read with curiosity and quickness, intent upon discovery, but she isn't going to give it all day and you wouldn't want her to. Macansantos is a promising young writer who is wise beyond her years.' - Mary Miller, author of Biloxi: A Novel, The Last Days of California: A Novel, Always Happy Hour: Stories and Big World.
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