Balikbayan: A Filipino Homecoming


Balikbayan: A Filipino Homecoming


by Michelle Cruz Skinner

paperback, 5.5" x 8.5"
104 pp


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Previously published in 1986, Balikbayan is a collection of short stories written by Michelle Cruz Skinner, articulately depicting contemporary Philippine culture.


"Michelle Cruz Skinner... understands the ways of humankind. Her stories are written with such simplicity that the truth they convey shines with urgency that the proper reader cannot miss. Even the very short ones. Hardly stories have this intensity... I think very highly of her art."

- Bienvenido N. Santos, author of Scent of Apples

"Balikbayan is an excellent and convincing presentation of the ironies and contradictions of contemporary Philippines culture, with a fine sense of character and particularly visual detail."

- Ian Macmillan, author of Proud Monster

"These are wonderful stories, and they offer rare and timeless insights into the Philippines now and in the recent past. Rare because Michelle Cruz Skinner is a born-and-raised Filipina but also an American, so her vision bridges both worlds. Timeless.. It's a remarkable accomplishment for a first book, even for a clearly-talented writer."

- Robert Shapard, editor of Sudden Fiction

"All of the stories, deep with personality, if often simple in its words and description, evoke certain emotions from you as you read your way through the book... you get a glimpse of the various facets and uniqueness of Filipino culture."

- Hawaii Book Blog

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