I highly recommend getting hold of Niyati Keni’s novel that has just been released, ESPERANZA STREET. Set in the Philippines, the novel managed to make me remember home.
Described by Kirkus Reviews as a ‘luminous, revelatory study on the connection between person and place’, Niyati Keni’s debut novel, Esperanza Street, portrays the dissolution of a community in pre-EDSA revolution Philippines. The novel is narrated by fifteen year old Joseph, houseboy to the once wealthy Mary Morelos. Esperanza Street is about freedom, or the lack of it, and about how the choices that we make are ultimately the true measure of who we are.