Author: José Y. Dalisay Jr.
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I read Soledad’s Sister on a flight home from the Philippines, having picked it up there on the recommendation of the student hosting me. As a nominee for the Man Asian Literary Prize, I had high hopes for it. This was the first book I’ve read portraying the difficulties and abuses faced by migrant workers. This made it a worthwhile read, but not one I enjoyed. I did have fun recognizing locations in the story, including the airport I’d just flown out of. I also liked recognizing words like jeepenee that I’d learned while in the Philippines. However, the writing was very plain and the plot was very strange. I wasn’t moved by beautiful writing. I didn’t connect to the characters. There were some bizarre sex scenes, some of which I felt could be attributed to a man having written this and just not getting women. To be fair, this could just as easily be me not getting the cultural context. Whatever the case, I think this book had a worthwhile message, but I didn’t connect to it enough for it to be fun reading experience. It did make me want to read more books set in locations I’ve visited though! Read more »