On the Same Page: America Is Not the Heart

America is not the heart

November-December 2020 Selection

Elaine Castillo

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. 

America is not the heart

About the Author

Elaine Castillo

Elaine Castillo was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. Photo by Amaal Said.

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"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

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  • On the Same Page author Elaine Castillo will be in conversation, discussing her novel America Is Not the Heart, named one of the best books of 2018 by NPR, Lit Hub, The Boston Globe, SF Chronicle, The New York Post, Kirkus Reviews and The New York Public Library. Castillo will be joined by Ismail Muhammad, Oakland based writer and critic. Dec. 15, 7 p.m.

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  • On the Same Page Book Club: Elaine Castillo’s America Is Not the Heart  – Dec. 21, 7 p.m.

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