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  • Print Edition
  • Title: In My Mother’s House
  • Author: Joni Cham
  • Publisher: Central Book Supply, Inc.
  • ISBN: 978-971-011-497-9
  • No. Of Pages: 202
  • Size: 6 x 9
  • Edition: 2012 Edition
  • Binding: Softbound
  • Description:

    “In My Mother’s House announces itself as a novel about domesticity, and that it is. And yet, in the hands of first-time novelist Cham, this task is by no means simple or unassuming. Here is an incisive and at times merciless unpacking of a troubled mother-daughter relationship, complicated by the heady cultural dynamic attending “Chineseness” and all that it implies in a morally repressive, ritually pious and middle-class Philippines. Cham’s unlikely heroine, dark-skinned bearer of a profound personal darkness, must wrestle with the difficult ghosts of her unfinished past, even as she must seek to reconcile herself with its overbearing specter, to whom she must render filial devotion at the same time that she must repudiate it, if only to survive. A closely observed and intimately written family drama, harrowing in its critique of familial pieties, out of whose charred ruins must emerge the harried possibility of love.”