Esperanza Street by Niyati Keni

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.

ESPERANZA STREET cover designKirkus Review LINK

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About matangmanok

Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates poetry. Sometimes he tries his hand at essays and stories. In 2011 the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in Manila released BAHA-BAHAGDANG KARUPUKAN (poems in Filipino) and ALIEN TO ANY SKIN (poems in English). The same publisher released his most recent poetry collections SOUND BEFORE WATER and KALMOT NG PUSA SA TAGILIRAN. In 2015 a new poetry collection in English, A THOUSAND EYES was released. His first collection of short stories in Filipino, SANGA SA BASANG LUPA, was released in 2016. UK publisher The Onslaught Press launches his latest poetry collection, WINGS OF SMOKE, worldwide in February 2017. View all posts by matangmanok

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