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Books By Filipino Women You Should Read

If you’re looking to diversify your TBR, we’ve got you covered. These books by Filipino authors explore historical and contemporary themes and provide a compelling view of Filipino womanhood.

Insurrecto” by Gina Apostol

This historical novel tells the story of two women as they make a film about the Philippine-American War.

When the Rainbow Goddess Wept” by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

Set in the Philippines during the Japanese invasion in 1941, “When the Rainbow Goddess Wept” weaves together the story of a young girl whose family joins the resistance effort and Filipino folklore.

America Is Not the Heart” by Elaine Castillo

A contemporary classic, Elaine Castillo’s “America Is Not the Heart” intertwines the stories of three Filipino women as they build a life in America, providing a nuanced portrait of life in the diaspora.

The Hour of Daydreams” by Renee Macalino Rutledge.

This reimagining of a Filipino folktale about a woman who transforms into a bird explores themes of love, loss, and family.

The Mango Bride” by Marivi Soliven

In “The Mango Bride,” Marivi Soliven portrays the immigrant experience through the eyes of two Filipino women as they move to the United States and work to build lives in their new country.


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