November-December 2020 Selection
America Is Not the Heart presents a portrait of the Filipino diaspora through three generations of women as they reconcile the home they left behind with the life they're building in America. Set in Milpitas and the Bay Area, Castillo weaves an emotional and descriptive story with protagonist Hero de Vera and her arrival from the political violence in the Philippines under the Marcos regime and the rebel forces she sided with.
Told through the lens of a single family, Castillo brings the reader in, her words depicting the complexities of the everyday, family, love and self. Illuminating the intricacies of past and present and reconciling life in America, Castillo incorporates languages such as Tagalog and Ilocano and uses flashbacks to tell Hero’s story prior to leaving the Philippines.
America Is Not the Heart was shortlisted for the 2019 SFPL One City One Book. We encourage you all to join us in this city-wide read.
About the Author
"You know what it's like to have a fate; you also know what it's like to escape one." ― Elaine Castillo, America Is Not the Heart